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Kayla Chaney Named OTC's 2006 GOAL Winner

Dr. Thaxton and Kayla Chaney Kayla Chaney, a student in the Radiologic Technology program at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), was named as the OTC 2006 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner. The announcement was made by Dr. Gail Thaxton, President of OTC, at a luncheon sponsored by the Waycross Exchange Club on March 9.   

When Dr. Thaxton introduced Kayla to the group, Kayla praised her instructors and said, “My instructors, Mrs. Donna Yeomans and Dr. Jewell Sweat, are the best instructors that could be found.”

A resident of Douglas, Kayla is a 2004 graduate of Coffee County High School where she won the senior humanitarian award. At OTC, she is a Student Ambassador, a member of the Student Government Association, and a member of Skills USA. She works part-time at Chaney Motors in Douglas as a sales associate. She attends First Assembly of God. Her parents are Cyndee and Donny Chaney.

Kayla’s career objective is to obtain a degree in radiation therapy through radiologic technology. Kayla said, “I chose technical education because I loved the idea that I would be training in the classroom and in a clinical setting.”

Kayla was nominated by her instructor, Donna Yeomans, who had this to say about Kayla:  “She is a mentor to her fellow students and has an excellent sense of leadership. She demonstrates the skills needed to place her at the top of any profession she selects. Not only will she adequately represent the radiologic technology profession, but she will also represent the meaning behind technical education.”

Charlie Gibson, Chair of the Waycross Ware County Chamber of Commerce, and Alison Starnes, Director of the Chamber, presented $100 savings bonds to each of the GOAL finalists: Kayla Chaney, Sharon Durrance, Cynthia Harrell, and Ann Wilson. The savings bonds were generously donated by BB &T, The Patterson Bank, PrimeSouth Bank, and The Heritage Bank.

The GOAL program was introduced by Ken Carroll, Program Chair of the Waycross Exchange Club, and President Ken Bennett.

The GOAL program is co-sponsored statewide by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education. Locally, GOAL is sponsored by the Waycross-Ware Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by officials from Okefenokee Technical College with the support of the Student Government Association.

“The GOAL program,” said Patrick Simmons, “seeks to spotlight the importance of technical education in today’s world and to recognize outstanding achievement by students in our state’s technical college.”

Kayla will now compete with representatives from Georgia’s other technical colleges for the 2006 GOAL medallion and a new automobile. The state GOAL competition is held in Atlanta the week of May 23-26.

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