Launched in 1971, GOAL focuses on excellence in technical education and recognizes students for academic excellence and personal achievement. Twenty-one students were nominated by their instructors to compete at the local level. On Tuesday, February 13, the nominees participated in an interview process with a panel of four judges. The judges rated the students based on their interview performance. The four local GOAL finalists were selected based on a combination of their interview scores, academic grades, and an instructor evaluation. The finalists will be interviewed by a selection committee chosen by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce. One local GOAL winner will be chosen to compete at the state GOAL competition in May. The winner of the state GOAL title will receive the GOAL medallion and the grand prize, a new automobile. The state winners local GOAL coordinator and the nominating instructor will each receive a check for $250.
Students nominated for GOAL 2007 were Susanne Anderson, Ultrasound; Tony Bobo, Networking Specialist; Julie Burgdorf, Radiologic Technology; Scott Edwards, Echocardiography; Detrice Ferrell, Marketing Management; David Geer, Networking Specialist; Michelle Hanks, Radiologic Technology; Jason Henson, Radiologic Technology; David Kuhlman, Practical Nursing; Nicole Lambert, Marketing Management; Andrew Leach, Radiologic Technology; Khristie Massey, Marketing Management; Tammy McGuire, Business Office Technology; Mitchell Pollack, Marketing Management; Matthew Russell, Radiologic Technology; Donna Scott, Business Office Technology; Kendy Stapleton, Health Care Assistant; Thomas Stephens, Marketing Management; Trecia Jones-Watts, Practical Nursing; Stephanie Bonk, Accounting; and Tikeisha Horton, Criminal Justice.