NGTC Names Finalists for 2023 GOAL Program

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Clarkesville, GA – North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) recently named four students as finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students.  

NGTC’s finalists are Teresa Burton, Culinary Arts student of Cleveland, Ga. nominated by Culinary Arts instructor, Alex Bladowski; Kristen Henderson, Medical Assisting student of Mineral Bluff, Ga. nominated by Medical Assisting instructor, Carrie Rodriguez; Sydney Roberts of Statesboro, Ga. nominated by Photography instructor, Melissa Henderson; and Jana Walker, Early Childhood Care and Education student of Cleveland, Ga. nominated by Early Childhood instructor, Kelly Smith.  

The four finalists will compete Jan. 12, 2023, in front of a panel of business, civic, and industry leaders, who will select the college’s 2023 GOAL winner. The NGTC GOAL winner will then represent NGTC at the regional and state competitions.  

Other nominees include Samantha Byers of Blairsville, Ga.; Valentino DiGiorgio of Hartwell, Ga.; James Edley of Buford, Ga.; Corey Fern of Clarkesville, Ga.; Pamela Grindle of Cleveland, Ga.; Emily Linz of Cornelia, Ga.; Olivia Lowman of Blairsville, Ga.; Alexander Mullins of Hiawassee, Ga.; Ariana Reel of Mineral Bluff, Ga.; Lana Rice of Toccoa, Ga.; Nannie Sesser of Cleveland, Ga.; Kimberly Shirley of Tiger, Ga.; Joseph Smith of Eastanollee, Ga.; Samantha Turner of Toccoa, Ga.; Carmen Vidal of Toccoa, Ga.; and Maria Yepez Garcia of Tiger, Ga. 

“We are very proud of each of these students for their hard work and dedication to pursuing excellence in their chosen programs,” said NGTC GOAL Coordinator Madison Hopkins. “The nominees have done a tremendous job representing NGTC, and I know our judges had a difficult time selecting the finalists from such an outstanding group of students. We wish them all continued success as they achieve their goals.”  

For more information regarding North Georgia Technical College programs or admission, visit or call 706-754-7700.  


Pictured (left to right): Kristen Henderson, Medical Assisting student; Jana Walker, Early Childhood Care and Education student; NGTC President John Wilkinson; Teresa Burton, Culinary Arts student; and Sydney Roberts, Photography student 


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