Valdosta Technical College recently announced the nine winners of the Manufacturing in Georgia Student Design Competition for area elementary, middle and high school students. The competition is held in conjunction with the Design Competition offered by the Department of Technical and Adult Education for Manufacturing Appreciation Week, April 17-23.

Elementary, middle and high school students from Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Lanier, and Lowndes counties submitted 392 pieces of artwork depicting the importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities. A panel of judges selected three winners in each of three categories -- placemats from elementary school students, posters from middle school students and T-shirt logo designs from high school students -- to represent Valdosta Technical College in the state competition.

The winners and their families, teachers, and principals will be honored on March 14 in Building 500 on the Valdosta Technical College campus. The winning entries will be displayed in a video presentation and the winners given monetary prizes.

Winners in the elementary school placemat category are -- Emily Sands, first place; Jordan Linahan, second place, and Logan Holzclaw, third place. All three are students of Stephanie Summers at Hahira Elementary School.

In the middle school poster contest, first place went to Denitria Morrison of Sandra Swank's class at Valdosta Middle School; second place went to Karen Nicholson in Candi Strassburg's class at Hahira Middle School; and third place went to Stephanie Frye in Swank's class at Valdosta Middle School.

In the high school T-shirt logo design contest, first place went to Amanda Arend, second place to Brandy Yanconish, and third place to Derek White. All three are students of Deborah Raines at Lanier County High School.

Valdosta Technical College's Student Government Association provided the monetary awards for the winners. All 392 entries will now be entered into the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education's Student Design Competition. The judging at this level will determine the state winners who will be honored at the Governor's Awards Luncheon on April 21 in Atlanta.

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