NGTC Names Finalists for 2024 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 Angie Bartron, Accounting student of Blairsville, Ga., nominated by English instructor Dorothy Hansen; Kaitlyn Crosby, Welding Technology student of Mount Airy, Ga., nominated by Welding Technology instructor Ronnie Ayers; Paul Hopkins, Precision Machining and Manufacturing student of Toccoa, Ga., nominated by Precision Machining and Manufacturing instructor Derrick Hogan; and Maria Zavala de Orozco, Registered Nursing student of Cornelia, Ga., nominated by Registered Nursing instructor Dr. Martha Marquardt.  

The four finalists will compete Jan. 11, 2024, in front of a panel of business, civic, and industry leaders, who will select the college’s 2024 GOAL winner. The NGTC GOAL winner will then represent NGTC at the regional and state competitions. 

Other nominees include Lanise Baer of Macon, Ga.; Gerald Barker of Eastanollee, Ga.; Johnathan Brown of Hartwell, Ga.; Hannah Carney of Blairsville, Ga.; Britney Carter of Ellijay, Ga.; Brian Dickerson of Tiger, Ga.; Victoria Hartley of Eastanollee, Ga.; James Hilton of Cleveland, Ga.; Ashley Logan of Jasper, Ga.; Ansley McAvoy of Blairsville, Ga.; Liana Newsum of Cleveland, Ga.; Renee Petenbrink of Toccoa, Ga.; Dylan Rice of Cornelia, Ga.; Diane Rucker of Hartwell, Ga.; Mykola Thorbecke of Demorest, Ga.; and Kelley Ward of Martin, Ga. 

“The 2024 GOAL nominees were an outstanding group of students who all shared their unique perspectives on the importance of technical education,” said NGTC GOAL co-coordinator Rebekah Franklin. “We are tremendously proud of each of these individuals for their hard work and dedication to pursuing excellence in their chosen programs and for stepping outside their comfort zone. We wish them all continued success in their endeavors.”  

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Pictured (L to R): Paul Hopkins; Kaitlyn Crosby; NGTC President John Wilkinson; Maria Zavala de Orozco; and Angie Bartron.
Pictured (L to R): Paul Hopkins; Kaitlyn Crosby; NGTC President John Wilkinson; Maria Zavala de Orozco; and Angie Bartron.


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