Americus Rotary Club presents South Georgia Tech’s 2018 outstanding student with stipend

Published 3:47 pm Friday, February 23, 2018

Su Ann Bird

Vice President Institutional Advancement



Americus Rotary Club President Gaynor Cheokas presented Crisp County Welding and Joining student Noah McCleskey with a stipend recently on behalf of the Americus Rotary Club after he was recognized as the college’s 2018 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner by SGTC President Dr. John Watford at the college’s GOAL Luncheon recently.

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 students, but it also means a great deal to the college and this community.”

McCleskey 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 three GOAL finalists.  McCleskey was selected to represent the Crisp County Center from the Welding and Joining department and he was competing against finalists Stephanie L. John, a Networking Specialist student, and Alexandra M. Joiner, a Marketing Management student.

Crisp County Center Welding and Joining Instructor Brenda Butler Gilliam nominated McCleskey for this honor.   In addition to attending class, McCleskey also works full-time as the manager of the NAPA Parks store in Vienna and works part-time with the Southeastern Court Circuit.  He also volunteers as a firefighter for the city of Pinehurst.

Noah McCleskey 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.

Americus Rotary Club President Gaynor Cheokas (r) is shown above presenting a check to Noah McCleskey (c), who was selected as the SGTC 2018 GOAL student of the year as SGTC President Dr. John Watford (l) thanks the Americus Rotary Club for their support of South Georgia Technical College and its students.