ATLANTA, GA - Raziel Cruz, a second grade student at L.K. Moss Elementary School in Marion County, shared a stage with Governor Nathan Deal recently in honor of Georgia’s manufacturing industry as the third place winner in the placemat category of the Georgia 2012 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design art contest.
South Georgia Technical College officials in Americus submitted the winning art work for the contest and joined Cruz along with his parents, Santos and Tania Anglero, and his sister, Justine Cruze, and Marion County Superintendent of Schools Richard McCorkle at the awards luncheon.
Photo: Governor Nathan Deal is shown with Raziel Cruz.
As a state-wide winner, Cruz of Mauk received a plaque and a $100 scholarship check at the MAW Governor’s Awards Luncheon held at the Georgia International Convention Center. He also had the opportunity to meet the Governor and have his photo taken.
Gov. Deal congratulated all the winners of the contest, and praised the commitment to manufacturing they symbolize. “I really appreciate the fact that you would see it important enough to recognize these fine young folks,” he said.
Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. The three design categories were placemat, poster and t-shirt.
During the ceremonies, Gov. Nathan Deal named Georgia’s 2012 Manufacturers of the Year: Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia in West Point in the large manufacturer category (more than 500 employees); Quad/Graphics’ facility in The Rock in the medium manufacturer category (150-500 employees); and Cartersville’s Applied Thermoplastic Resources in the small manufacturer category (fewer than 150 employees).
To underline his support for manufacturing and making Georgia the best place to do business, Gov. Deal used the opportunity to sign HB 386, the Georgia Jobs and Family Tax Reform Plan, before the awards presentation ceremony. HB 386 eliminates the state sales tax on energy used in manufacturing and provides a variety of tax cuts for Georgians.
Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the awards luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 16-20. This is the 18th year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia.
Approximately 1,000 students from around the state submitted design entries in the 2012 MAW student design contest featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. Only nine students from across the state were selected as winners.
A first, second, and third place winner was named in the placemat, poster and t-shirt design categories. Elementary school students competed in the placemat category, middle school students designed posters, and high school students were eligible to compete in the t-shirt category.
Cruz’s winning placemat design featured the top manufacturers from the Marion County area. His artwork was on display at the Manufacturing Appreciation Week luncheon in Atlanta.
This was the third year that L.K. Moss Elementary School had a winner in the Manufacturing Appreciation Week student design contest. The other two L.K. Moss Elementary School winners included Miranda Paige Gibson, a fifth grade student, in 2011 and Crystal Anna Dixon, a fourth grade student, in 2010.
South Georgia Technical College has had eight winners from its service area in the past seven years. In addition to the three L.K. Moss Elementary School winners, Makayla McKee, a fifth grade student from Macon County Elementary School, was selected as a winner in 2011. Southland Academy had a third place winner in 2009, Sarah Cobb Elementary School had a first place in 2008 and a second place winner in 2007. Staley Middle School had a third place finisher in 2006.
South Georgia Technical College in Americus contacted each of the art teachers in the elementary, middle and high schools in Sumter, Crisp, Schley, Macon, Marion, and Webster Counties about the 2012 Manufacturing Appreciation Week Student Design Competition and asked for entries. Over 400 entries from SGTC’s six county service area were submitted to the state for consideration.
Raziel Cruz lives in Mauk, Georgia, with his parents, Santos and Tania Anglero.
Raziel Cruz, a second grade student at L.K. Moss Elementary School in Marion County, finished in third place in the Georgia Manufacturing Appreciation Week Art Contest. He is shown above (fourth from left) in front of his winning artwork along with his parents, Tania and Santos Anglero, and his sister Justine E. Cruz, and South Georgia Technical College President Sparky Reeves and Marion County Superintendent of Schools and SGTC Board of Director member Richard McCorkle.