Atlanta Tech’s Shameka Lockhart Reaches Top Four in Statewide Competition

Shameka Lockhart - Goal WinnerShameka Lockhart, a marketing management student at Atlanta Technical College, has tied for second-runner up in the Technical College System of Georgia 2010 student of the year competition.

The award was announced during the TCSG’s annual GOAL award banquet at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel on May 27.

GOAL, the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, recognizes the best o the best students from among this year’s record-breaking enrollment a the state’s 28 technical colleges.

“It’s a great achievement to be named one of the four best students in the Technical College System of Georgia,” said TCSG Commissioner Ro Jackson. “Shameka is an outstanding student who excelled and earned her place as one of the regional finalists for this year’s student of the year award. I commend her strong effort and thank her for being such a fine representative for Atlanta Technical College.”

Shameka and her nominating instructor, Grant Harris, were introduced to the audience of 400 banquet attendees that included the TCSG leadership, college presidents and their staffs, and other dignitaries.

Judging for the GOAL award starts at the 28 technical colleges and one Board of Regents college with a technical division, then moves to the regional and state levels. In each step of the competition, the students are interviewed and judged on their academic accomplishments, leadership qualities, community involvement and future aspirations.

The competition for the award is intense, for not only is the winner named Georgia’s technical college student of the year, the student also gets the keys to a brand-new Chevrolet Cobalt, presented by Chevrolet and the Atlanta Chevrolet dealers, sponsors of the GOAL award program.

The 2010 state GOAL winner and student of the year is Brian Jones, a practical nursing student at North Georgia Technical College.