Student's Manufacturing Awareness Week design showcases GA Industry
Bethany Boyer, a seventh-grade student at William James Middle School, is the statewide winner of the 2017 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) Student Design Competition for the Grades 6-8 category. Boyer will be honored during the annual Georgia Appreciation Week Awards Luncheon on April 27, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. During the luncheon Governor Nathan Deal will recognize Georgia’s Manufacturers of the Year as well as Boyer and the elementary and high school-level Student Design Competition winners. She received $500 for her winning entry which showcases Georgia industries and products.
“This is the first winner we’ve had from our service delivery area,” said Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore. Moore, who also serves as vice president of economic development for Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), surprised Boyer in the school’s media center where family and friends were gathered to congratulate the young artist. Each year OTC submits both a manufacturer of the year nominee and MAW Student Design Competition entries to the Technical College System of Georgia. The TCSG, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, Georgia Power Company and the Georgia Institute of Technology are sponsors of MAW and its competitions.
“We are so excited for Bethany, Bulloch County Schools, and our community,” said Kathleen Kosmoski of OTC. “Kathleen said she felt we had a winner when she was reviewing the local entries,” said Moore.
WJMS Art Teacher Autumn Horton encouraged her students and art club members to participate in the contest. “Bethany is a member of our art club, and I am so proud of her,” said Horton.
“I love to draw,” said Boyer. “I’m not quite sure how to spend the money yet.” Boyer is the daughter of Forrest and Mary Boyer of Statesboro.
According to the competition’s guidelines, kindergarten through twelfth-grade students submitted entries which depicted the “importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities.” Manufacturing Appreciation Week is April 24-28. It celebrates the impact Georgia’s 9,456 industries and the nearly 400,000 jobs they provide have on the state’s economy.