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Kimberly Daniels is Okefenokee Tech’s 2012 GOAL Winner

Kimberly Daniels of Ware County is the 2012 GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner for Okefenokee Technical College. Dr. Gail Thaxton, president of OTC, announced Daniels as the winner at the March 1 Waycross Exchange Club lunch meeting.

Ms. Daniels, an OTC nursing student, was nominated by her instructor, Mrs. Theresa Henry. Ms. Daniels is a Ware County High School graduate and has a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University in Exercise Physiology. After graduating from OTC, she plans to continue her education. Her long-term career goal is to become an RN and work in cardiology at a heart center or similar setting. She currently works at Bath and Body Works and is the recipient of an OTC Foundation Monroe Academic Scholarship, and most recently, a Satilla Regional Medical Hospital Auxiliary Presidents Scholarship. Kimberly has been named on the President’s List and the Academic Achievement List.

“I chose OTC because, upon graduation, students are thoroughly prepared to go out into the work field and be effective, confident, and productive,” stated Daniels. I like to say that OTC has 360o learning. Students can hear it in the classroom, see it and touch it in the lab, and apply it at clinicals.”

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 2 in work ethics and exhibit qualities of leadership in the classroom and community. 

Eight students were nominated for GOAL this year. Finalists were chosen by a screening committee who reviewed nominations and conducted personal interviews. The four finalists, including Daniels, 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.

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 Kimberly 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 Ms. Daniels and thank Jan Sanchez and the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce for coordinating the selection process, the selection committee for their time and input, and the Waycross Exchange Club for hosting the GOAL Banquet.

The Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce Selection Committee consisted of the following community leaders: Sherry Smiley, McKinney Community Health Center; Tina Rees, Georgia Power; James Burchett, Ware County Codes Department; Sara Coggin, Easter Seals of SW Georgia; and Wilton Deloach, City of Waycross.

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 Kimberly Daniels and best wishes on the state competition, said Waycross Exchange Club president, Chris Tatum.

After receiving the award from Dr. Thaxton, Daniels was also presented a check from Cindy Tanner, executive director of the OTC Foundation, to help with the expenses of attending the state competition.

Kimberly Daniels

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Kimberly Daniels (Ware) is the Okefenokee Technical College 2012 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner.

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