Lauren Hockaday, a firefighter and EMSP student at Lanier Technical College, has been named the school's winner for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).
Hockaday is from White County and was chosen by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees.
The announcement came during the GOAL recognition meeting on Jan. 24 at Gainesville Civic Center. President of the college, Dr. Ray Perren, made the presentation.
The runners-up were Heather Chick of Barrow County, medical assisting; Kristie Stith of Hall County, medical assisting; and Allison Smith of Forsyth County, interiors.
GOAL is a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia and honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state's technical college students.
Winners were selected at each of the state's 22 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical division.
All of the local GOAL winners will advance to regional judging and receive a trip to Atlanta for two days in April.
Nine regional finalists (three from each of the three regions) will be announced on Apr. 12.
Leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview the finalists and choose one to be the 2017 state GOAL winner and recipient of the GOAL medallion.
The grand prize includes a new car, courtesy of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia-the statewide corporate sponsor of the program.
"This has been an incredible experience, and I am very proud to represent Lanier Technical College," Hockaday said.
Hockaday is married to Matthew Hockaday and the two live in Helen. She plans to finish her degree and pursue a career in the fire service field.