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June 9, 2004

Valdosta - You could call LaVeria Johnson the poster child for Valdosta Technical College. "She can describe with great enthusiasm the kinds of training and the benefits of the education students receive here," said Instructor Jerry Smith.

That enthusiasm landed her the number two spot in Georgia's Occupation Award of Leadership, or GOAL competition. "I was selected as first runner up out of 38 of the top students from all the technical colleges in Georgia," said Johnson.

LaVeria's a perfect example of what can be accomplished at a technical college. "I have come a very long way," said Jonhson.

She's a single mother with two jobs,but will still manage to finish her computer information systems degree in just two years. "I feel very proud of how far I've come and what I've accomplished," said Johnson.

Instructor Jerry Smith nominated her for the award. "She certainly has her hands full, but she doesn't ever back down from a challenge or problem, its something to be accomplished and solved," said Smith.

LaVeria says she was a little disappointed when she learned what the first prize winner took home. "She won a car and one week before that, my car had broken down," said Johnson. But she's content with the plaque and shiny trophy she received, along with $500.00 she says she's using for those car repairs.

posted at 2:30 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com