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Okefenokee Tech Names Finalists for GOAL Award

Four Okefenokee Technical College students have been selected as the college’s finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for OTC’s GOAL program. All OTC GOAL nominees and finalists are commended for this honor, as the GOAL process requires participants to exhibit excellence in academics and leadership. Ashley Tincher

Finalist William (Bill) K. Hand of Ware County is enrolled in the networking specialist AAS degree program and was nominated by Derrell Harris, the computer information systems (CIS) program director. Mr. Hand has won numerous state and national Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) awards in CIS competitions. He is also active in the community through service organizations. With current IT knowledge and skills in hand, Bill hopes to find employment in the area as a network administrator or support specialist. He and his wife, Julie, have one daughter, Bethany Grace.

Finalist Rodney Hooks of Ware County is enrolled in the respiratory care technology program and was nominated by his instructor, Faye Mathis. He is a graduate of Albany High School and Albany Technical College. Hooks chose the respiratory field because of the program’s successful job placement rate and his desire to help others.  He has participated in state and national PBL Rodney Hookscompetitions and is a member of the Toastmasters Club. He and his wife, Sandra, have one child, Marissa.

Finalist Ashley Brianne Tincher of Bacon County is enrolled in the criminal justice program and was nominated by Jaki Johnson, the criminal justice program director. Tincher works as a work-study student at OTC while attending college. She plans to work in juvenile probation or in a law firm as a paralegal.  Ashley is a Lanie Barth Scholarship recipient and is active in her church, serving as a Sunday School teacher and drama instructor. Her mother is Deborah Tincher.

Finalist Tracy Winchester of Wayne County is enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program and was nominated by her instructor, Donna Yeomans. She is a graduate of Palatka High School and has 20 years of experience in the medical field. She serves as Radiology Program Representative for the Student Government Association (SGA) and is a member of the Family Readiness Group Tracy Winchester(FRG). After graduating, Winchester plans to continue her education and eventually teach others to become health care professionals. Tracy and her husband, Joshua, have three teenagers: Ciara, Dalton, and Cole.

Finalists were chosen by a screening committee who reviewed nominations, heard nominees’ speeches, and conducted personal interviews. Students will take 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 will consider the students’ academic achievement, personal character, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for technical education. The student judged most outstanding will be designated as the college’s GOAL winner.

All finalists will be introduced to Waycross Exchange Club members March 3. The winner will be announced at the Exchange Club luncheon, as well. William Hand

The GOAL winner will then participate in regional competition in March. The top two students of each region will go to Atlanta to compete for the state GOAL title.

Karen Boyle, OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton, and the OTC staff would like to thank the GOAL nominees, nominating instructors, screening committee, panel of judges, Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce, and Waycross Exchange Club.

The 2011 finalists for OTC’s Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) are William (Bill) Hand, Rodney Hooks, Ashley Tincher, and Tracy Winchester.


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