Rebecca Marston

Rebecca Marston, a twelfth grader at Harris County High School, had lunch with Governor Nathan Deal on Thursday. Marston won first place in the 2017 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest in the 9th through 12th grade category. She received a $500 scholarship check presented by Governor Deal at the MAW awards luncheon held on April 27 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. The design contest reaches out to younger generations to show them how important manufacturing is to our lifestyle and economy.

Gov. Deal and Rebecca Martson of Harris County
April 27, 2017: Rebecca Martson of Harris County High School receives her First Place Art Design certificate from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal at the annual MAW luncheon

Vice President of Economic Development for Columbus Technical College Jamie Loyd says the art contest is a great way to engage young people as they explore career pathways, especially in high-tech manufacturing occupations.

“Georgia’s manufacturing industry is alive and well, actually experiencing tremendous growth,” Loyd said. “Gone are the days of dirty, factory jobs. Employees in today’s manufacturing sector have to be comfortable with technology, and have strong communication and problem-solving skills. Incorporating art and manufacturing is a perfect fit.”

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products.

“Columbus Technical College is extremely proud of Rebecca,” said President Lorette M. Hoover. “Harris County High School and specifically its art program have been very supportive of this contest and the students give so much of themselves through their art. It really is amazing what they can do.”

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 marks the 23rd year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia.