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Okefenokee Tech Names Finalists for GOAL Award

Five 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.

Finalist Akino Blade Brown of Bacon County is enrolled in the Computer Information Systems (CIS) program and is working toward his Networking Specialist AAS degree. Brown was nominated by Derrell Harris, the CIS program director. With the knowledge and experience that he receives at OTC, Brown hopes to expand his current computer business and manage his own network. Brown served in the Marine Corps and received commendations. 

Finalist Jonathan Daniels of Ware County is enrolled in the Respiratory Care Technology program and was nominated by his instructor, Faye Mathis. After 15 years in the restaurant business, Daniels is pursuing a career in the medical field. Jonathan and his wife, Jamie, are parents to Natalie (3) and Ashlyn (5 months). The
Daniels family is active in the Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Finalist Jeffrey Hill of Ware County is enrolled in the Computer Information Systems program and was also nominated by Derrell Harris. Hill plans to work in the IT field and eventually establish his own computer information security consulting firm. He and his wife, Mignon, have nine children.

Finalist Travis Moxley of Wayne County is enrolled in the Radiology Technology program and was nominated by his instructor, Donna Yeomans. He is a graduate of Wayne County High School and Coastal Georgia Community College. After graduating from OTC, Moxley plans to continue his education in the radiology field.  His parents are George and Debbie Moxley.

Finalist Jessica Steedley of Ware County is enrolled in the Respiratory Care Technology program and was nominated by her instructor, Faye Mathis. She is a 2006 graduate of Brantley County High School and holds a technical certificate of credit (TCC) in phlebotomy from OTC. Steedley is an active member of the OTC Student Government Association (SGA) and was named among those on the President’s List. After graduating, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree and then continue on to graduate school to pursue a career as a physician assistant (PA).
Finalists were chosen by a screening committee who reviewed nominations, heard nominees’ speeches, and conducted personal interviews. Students then took part in another round of interviews and evaluations at the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce February 12, 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 student judged most outstanding will be designated as the college’s GOAL winner and introduced to Waycross Exchange Club members March 4. The student will then participate in regional competition March 24. The top two students of each region will go to Atlanta May 26-28, 2010, to compete for the state GOAL title.

Karen Boyle and the OTC staff would like to thank the screening committee and the panel of judges who interviewed finalists. Judges for February 12 were Jan Sanchez, Pete Pyrzenski, Dave Calloway, Ken Taft, Taylor Hereford, and Heidi Flowers.

Goal Finalists

The 2010 finalists for OTC’s Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) are Jeffrey Hill (L to R), Travis Moxley, Jessica Steedley, Akino Brown, and Jonathan Daniels.


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