Two Local Students Receive Honors in Statewide Manufacturing Appreciation Design Contest

Governor Nathan Deal with MAW Art Winners Victoria Cooper (left) and Ilham Abdelkadir (right)

McDonough Eighth Grader Ilham Abdelkadir and Butler Third Grader, Victoria Cooper Win Honorable Mention in 2017 Student Design Contest

Ilham Abdelkadir, an eighth grader at McDonough’s Henry County Middle School and Victoria Cooper, a third grader at Butler’s Taylor County Upper Elementary School both had lunch with Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday. Abdelkadir and Cooper each won honorable mention in the 2017 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest in their respective age categories. They both received a $50 scholarship check presented by Gov. Nathan Deal at the MAW awards luncheon held on April 27 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.

“The design contest, facilitated locally by marketing representatives at Georgia’s technical colleges, reaches out to our younger generation to show them how important manufacturing is to our lifestyle and economy, and to introduce them to the great careers available in manufacturing,” said Richard Warner, noted Georgia journalist and emcee of the event.

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. Winners were named for grades 9-12, 6-8, and K-5.

Dr. Alvetta Thomas, Southern Crescent Technical College president stated, “We were thrilled to be able to submit such exceptional artwork from these individuals and to have their artwork chosen to represent manufacturing in the state of Georgia. They are both talented young artists and well-deserving of this honor.”

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products.

The awards luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 24-28. Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, MAW brings attention to this significant component of Georgia’s economy. According to Gov. Nathan Deal’s proclamation declaring Manufacturing Appreciation Week, nearly 10,059 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, where they provide 386,599 jobs, generate nearly $20.3 billion in wages for Georgia’s citizens, and contribute more than $100 billion to the state’s economy each year.

This is the 23rd year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia. This year’s sponsors included The Georgia Association of Manufacturers, The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Power, and HA+W | Aprio. Other exhibitors at the luncheon included APICS – The Association for Operations Management, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia’s Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, the Georgia Department of Labor, the Georgia Employers Association, the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, Georgia Trend, Next Generation Manufacturing, and the Technology Association of Georgia Manufacturing Society.