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Perry Fourth Grader Wins Third Place in 2017 Statewide Manufacturer’s Appreciation Design Contest

 Atlanta, Ga. — John Franklin Palmer, a fourth grader at Kings Chapel Elementary School in Perry, had lunch with Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday. Palmer won third place in the 2017 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest in the kindergarten through fifth grade category. He received a $100 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 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. 
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. 
Each year, CGTC serves as a local sponsor of the design contest in the 11-county service area of the College. Students in all local elementary, middle, and high schools are invited to participate.
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John Franklin Palmer shows off his artwork during the 2017 Manufacturer’s Appreciation Week (MAW) Governor’s Luncheon at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Palmer won third place in ages K-5 in the MAW students design contest. 

Submitted by JoBen Rivera-Thompson
April 27, 2017


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