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Heidi Johnson is Okefenokee Tech GOAL Winner

Heidi Johnson, a radiologic technology student from Blackshear, was named the 2008 GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner at one of the Waycross Exchange Club’s weekly lunch meetings recently.

She was nominated by her instructor, Donna Yeomans. Johnson was presented a plaque from OTC, a U.S. Savings Bond in the amount of $100 from the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce and a $100 cash prize from the Okefenokee Area Development Authority.

Johnson is a 20-year-old who “fell in love” with radiology and decided to make it her lifelong career. “I feel extremely lucky to find my career at such a young age,” Johnson said.

GOAL is a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia which honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 33 technical colleges, as well as the four Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions. Heidi Johnson

GOAL winners from each campus will compete in Atlanta in May and one will be named as the statewide GOAL winner. The state GOAL winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia and receives a grand prize of a new car provided by Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of Georgia’s GOAL program.

At the luncheon Karen Boyle, GOAL coordinator for OTC, introduced and thanked community leaders and OTC staff who contributed to the success of the 2008 OTC GOAL program. Boyle also thanked the Waycross Exchange Club for hosting the luncheon for GOAL and described the event as a “celebration of OTC’s extraordinary students.”

Boyle also introduced the members of the GOAL selection committee and thanked them for their service. The committee members were Regina Morgan, executive director of Okefenokee Area Development Authority, and members of the 2008 Leadership Waycross class, Summer Stipe and Bill Hughes.

Ken Carroll, president of the Waycross Exchange Club, congratulated Allen and the other three finalists for their success at OTC.

The process of selecting the GOAL winner began several weeks ago when 14 of the 1,455 students at OTC were nominated by their instructors. From those 14, four were chosen as finalists.


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