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Carli Johns is Okefenokee Tech’s  2013 GOAL Winner

Carli Johns of Brantley County was recently selected as the 2013 GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner for Okefenokee Technical College. OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert announced Johns as the winner at the March 14 Waycross Exchange Club meeting.

Mrs. Johns, an OTC radiologic technology student, was nominated by her instructor, Mrs. Donna Yeomans. Mrs. Johns is a 2005 Ware County graduate and the mother of two young children. Her husband, D. J. Johns, as well as her mother, graduated from OTC and are employed in their career field, a factor that influenced Carli’s decision to enroll at Okefenokee Tech. After graduating from the radiology program, Carli plans to continue her education in computed tomography. She and her family are members of the Hayner Pasture Hunting Club and the Georgia Hunting & Fishing Federation.

GOAL is a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia that honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. It is the highest student honor for the system. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s technical colleges, as well as the four Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions.

To be nominated by an instructor, a student must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, maintain a satisfactory mark in work ethics and exhibit qualities of leadership in the classroom and community. 

Finalists were chosen by a screening committee who reviewed nominations and conducted personal interviews. The three finalists, including Johns, then took part in another round of interviews and evaluations at the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce, where a panel of representatives from local business and industry considered the students’ academic achievement, personal character, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for technical education.

Johns was selected by this panel to participate in the regional competition, which took place February 28. The top two students in each region will go to Atlanta in April to compete for the state GOAL title.

Karen Boyle, coordinator for OTC’s GOAL program, congratulated Carli on her accomplishment and added, “All OTC GOAL nominees and finalists are commended for excelling in their programs. The GOAL process, by its very nature, requires participants to exhibit excellence in academics and leadership. It’s an honor to be nominated and included in the process.”

OTC officials extend congratulations to Mrs. Johns and thank the selection committee for their time and input, the Waycross Exchange Club for hosting the GOAL Banquet, and Eva Byrd and the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce for coordinating the selection process.

The Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce 2013 GOAL Selection Committee consisted of the following community volunteers: Patrick Simmons, Georgia Department of Labor; Leah Batten McDonald, Batten’s Pharmacy; Tonya Green, Belk store manager; Robin O’Mara, Waycross Nutrition; and Dr. Reba Smith, Southern Forest World.

The title of state GOAL winner earns the student the responsibility of traveling Georgia as the ambassador for the entire technical college system. To make that travel easier, the winner receives a new car. Congratulations to Carli Johns.

Goal Winner 2013

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Carli Johns (center) of Brantley County was recently selected as the Okefenokee Technical College 2013 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner. OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert (left) announced Johns as the winner at the March 14 Waycross Exchange Club meeting. Mrs. Johns, an OTC radiologic technology student, was nominated by her instructor, Mrs. Donna Yeomans (right).

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