Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 16, 2013

Christopher Rushing named South Georgia Tech’s 2013 GOAL winner

AMERICUS — Christopher Allen Rushing, a practical nursing student from Americus, has been named the 2013 South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). SGTC President Sparky Reeves made the announcement at the GOAL Banquet in the John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center on the Americus campus recently.

Rushing was selected for the honor by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees for the award. The runners-up were George Andrew Windham of Oglethorpe, horticulture; Jenilee C. Johnson of Oglethorpe, culinary arts; and Berkima L. Williams of Cordele, early childhood care and education.

“This is a great privilege and honor,” said Rushing. “I will do my best to be a great ambassador for South Georgia Tech and technical education.”

At the banquet, Reeves recognized special guests, including Americus Mayor Barry Blount; SGTC Board of Directors members Brad Lafevers, Paul Hall, Willie Patrick, George Bryce and Jake Everett, as well as the parents and supporters of the GOAL nominees.

Angela Westra, president of the Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, as well as GOAL selection committee member, remarked, “Every year the finalists seem to get stronger, and it’s interesting to judge students of such varied backgrounds who all share the common goal of technical education.”

Also recognized at the banquet was 2013 Rick Perkins award winner, SGTC LEA instructor Brett Murray, who was presented a check for $500 from SB&T.

Corporate sponsors for the GOAL and Rick Perkins programs included Sumter Electric Membership Corporation, Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, Americus Rotary Club, Georgia Power Company, SB&T and CE Minerals.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 25 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical education division.

Rushing will now proceed to national judging. All college GOAL winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta for two days in April. Nine regional finalists, three finalists from the three regions, will be announced April 25 in Atlanta. A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the 2013 state GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion.

The grand prize also includes a new car, courtesy of Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of the GOAL program.

Rushing is married to Keshia Rushing. He chose to attend SGTC to earn his degree and pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.

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