William James Eighth Grader, Hannah Pease, Wins Honorable Mention in 2018 Student Design Contest
Ogeechee Technical College
    Student Receives Award

Atlanta, GA — Hannah Pease, an eighth grader from William James Middle School, celebrated with Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday at the Governor’s Awards Luncheon. Pease won the honorable mention in the 2018 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest in the sixth through eighth grade category. She received a $50 scholarship check presented by Gov. Nathan Deal during the luncheon on April 12 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Ga.

“I wanted to show off different manufacturers along a conveyor belt,” said Pease when asked about what inspired her submission. “My mom was very supportive, so we’re really happy to be here.” 

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. From William James, Pease also represented Ogeechee Technical College.  

“The design contest exposes students to the diversity of career opportunities available in manufacturing, and it fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation for how critical manufacturing is to the prosperity of their own local communities,” said Richard Warner, noted Georgia journalist and emcee of the event. “Now more than ever, we need to make young people aware that manufacturing is an area where they can express their creativity, and where their skills are rewarded.”

The Governor’s Awards Luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 9 through 12. Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, MAW brings attention to the tremendous contribution manufacturing makes on Georgia’s economic growth. According to Gov. Nathan Deal, nearly 9,738 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, providing 396,339 jobs and generating more than $23.1 billion in wages for Georgia’s citizens, and contributing more than $100 billion to the state’s economy each year.

This is the 24th 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.




Contact Information


Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
Phone: 912.681.5500 | Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu