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Lanier Tech names GOAL semifinalists
Lanier Technical Colleges four semifinalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership include, from left, Sherry Crane, Susan Gates, Annamarie Keck and Stormy Wren. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Four Lanier Technical College students, including one from Cumming, have been selected as semifinalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership.

Jennifer Pulliam, coordinator for the Lanier Tech’s GOAL program, said the local student is Stormy Wren, who is studying early childhood care and education.

The other semifinalists include: Susan Gates, a health care science technology student from Buford; and Sherry Crane and Annamarie Keck, business administrative technology students from Commerce and Flowery Branch.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students.

Winners are selected at each of the state’s 24 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regent college with technical education division.

They will compete next month in regional judging, which will include students from the other 24 colleges in the system, as well as the one Board of Regents college with technical education divisions.

In April, the college representatives will come to Atlanta, where the nine regional finalists — three finalists from each of the three regions — will be announced. One student will be named the statewide GOAL recipient.

"The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia's technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today’s global workforce," Pulliam said.

According to Pulliam, a screening committee of administrators at Lanier Tech selected the four semifinalists after an interview and presentation from the students, who were nominated by instructors.

"The next step is for another panel, the Selection Committee, to evaluate these four students and select one to be the College’s 2014 GOAL winner," Pulliam said.

The state GOAL honoree becomes the student ambassador for the state’s technical college system and receives a grand prize of a new car provided by Chevrolet.