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Local Lanier Tech students nominated for GOAL Award
Twenty six of the 28 Lanier Technical College students nominated for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, or GOAL, competition recently gathered for a photograph. - photo by For the FCN

Instructors at Lanier Technical College have nominated 28 students for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, or GOAL, competition.

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

GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 24 technical colleges, as well as one Board of Regents College with a technical education division.

Several students from Cumming are among the nominees. They include: Brittany Hammontree, healthcare assistant; Kathleen Mendes, clinical laboratory technology; and Seth Scott, practical nursing.

Other nominees from the Forsyth County area included: Celeste Gaines, Andrew Gilmore, Kristine Graves, Laquita Harrison, Alexandria Irwin, Monica Saraz-McMahon, Victor Roman and Yate´ Tripp, all from Gainesville; and Jennifer Boyce and Mikalah Crymes, both of Dawsonville.

According to Jennifer Pulliam, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program, a screening committee of administrators at Lanier Tech will review each of the instructors’ nominations and interview the students.

After the nominees have been ranked, four finalists will be chosen. They will then take part in another round of interviews and evaluations by a selection committee of representatives from local business and industry.

That panel will consider the students’ qualities, including academic achievement, personal character, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for technical education.

The student judged most outstanding will be designated as the college’s 2014 GOAL winner and advanced to the regional competition.