Americus Rotary Club presents South Georgia Tech’s 2021 outstanding student with stipend

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Americus Rotary Club Past President Don Smith (l) is shown above presenting a check from the Rotary Club to cosmetology student Dawn Ammons (r), who was selected as the SGTC 2021 GOAL student of the year.

AMERICUS, Ga. — Americus Rotary Club Past President Don Smith presented South Georgia Technical College cosmetology student Dawn Ammons of Ellaville with a stipend recently on behalf of the Americus Rotary Club. Ammons was recognized as the college’s 2021 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner by SGTC President Dr. John Watford at the college’s GOAL ceremony recently.

“It is my honor to make this presentation on behalf of the Americus Rotary Club and President Angela House Smith,” said Don Smith, who retired from South Georgia Tech as the Assistant to the President. “There are three things that I have been involved in my career that I am especially proud of and today I get to be a part of all three – South Georgia Technical College, GOAL, and Rotary. Rotary and GOAL are both proponents of leadership development and that is also what South Georgia Tech does in addition to workforce development education. I wish you the best in the regional and state competition on behalf of the Rotary Club of Americus,” said Smith as he presented a check to Ammons.

The Americus Rotary Club and the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce have been premier sponsors of the South Georgia Technical College Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program for many years. “We are appreciative of both organizations for their sponsorship of this event and for their support of our students,” said South Georgia Technical College President Dr. John Watford. “This Americus Rotary Club stipend is a wonderful way to honor our top student, but it also means a great deal to the college and this community.”
Ammons was selected for this honor by a panel of local community leaders. An internal committee interviewed all of the college nominees and narrowed the selection to four GOAL finalists. Ammons was selected to represent the cosmetology department and she was competing against finalists Michael Logan Driggers of Americus, computer information systems; Elizabeth Guerrero, practical nursing; and Jesse Salazar, high performance engines/motorsports technology.

Cosmetology instructor Dorothea Lusane-McKenzie nominated Ammons for this honor. Dawn Ammons will now represent South Georgia Technical College at regional and state competitions in an effort to be selected as the top student within the Technical College System of Georgia.