Indira Zelaya, a fourth grader from Sarah Cobb Elementary School in Americus, was honored in Atlanta recently for her artwork supporting Georgia's manufacturing industry. She was nominated by South Georgia Technical College.
Zelaya received an honorable mention in her division (grades K-5) of the 2014 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest. Her certificate and scholarship check were presented at the MAW Governor's Awards Luncheon held at the Georgia International Convention Center. Her parents, Ana R. Zelaya and Jose Angel Zelaya, her sister, Nancy Sarai Zelaya Sierra, and her brother accompanied her to the luncheon.
The Sarah Cobb fourth graders' artwork was titled: Manufacturing … Providing Opportunities for Future Generations of Georgians!! She included local manufacturers: CMS, Caravelle, Georgia Power, KIA, Pepsi, Imerys C-E Minerals, Eaton Corporation, Conart, CMI, and Honda. Her photo was also included on the 2014 Georgia Manufacturers of the Year 20th anniversary calendar.
"These winners are the best and the brightest, and our future depends on them and their understanding of the creative process," said Larry Callahan, CEO of Pattillo Industrial Real Estate, as the awards were being presented. 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.
During the ceremonies, Gov. Deal named Georgia's 2014 Manufacturers of the Year: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in Savannah and Brunswick in the large manufacturer category (more than 500 employees); Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas in Monroe in the medium manufacturer category (150-500 employees); and Tucker's ddFoodSolutions in the small manufacturer category (fewer than 150 employees).
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 14-18. This is the 20th year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia.
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