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January 24-- Four Southeastern Technical College students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Charla Nail, coordinator for STC’s GOAL program.

Chosen as semifinalists are:  Chelsea Eubanks, Dental Hygiene major, Guyton; Brenda Leal, Dental Hygiene major, Pulaski; Grayson Mendieta, Dental Hygiene major, Swainsboro; and Chancelor Neesmith, Electrical Systems Technology major, Vidalia.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students.  GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 26 technical colleges as well as two Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions. 

All the college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 25 TCSG colleges as well as the two Board of Regents colleges. 

GOAL winners from each college will compete in regional judging in February.  In April, all college winners will come to Atlanta where the nine semi-finalists, three finalists from each of the three regions, will be announced and compete at the state level in April and one student will be named as the statewide GOAL winner.

"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," said Charla Nail

According to Nail, a screening committee of administrators at Southeastern Technical College selected the four semi-finalists from a list of students nominated by their instructors. 

"A panel of business, civic and industry leaders from the community have interviewed and evaluated these four students and selected one to be the college’s 2012 GOAL winner," said Nail.  The winner will be announced at Southeastern Technical College’s annual awards banquet to be held on January 24. 

STC’s local winner will compete in Central regional judging.  Three finalists from Central region will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta and vie to be named the 2012 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.