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Ware County Ninth Grader, Maria Manabat, Wins Third Place in MAW’s 2018 Student Design Contest

April 16, 2018 11:10 AM
Coastal Pines Technical College President Glenn Deibert congratulates Maria Manabat on her creative artwork representing manufacturing in the State of Georgia.

Maria Manabat, a ninth grader at Ware County High School, celebrated with Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday at the Governor’s Awards Luncheon. Manabat won third place in the 2018 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest in the ninth through twelfth grade category. She received a $100 scholarship check presented by Gov. Nathan Deal during the luncheon on April 12 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Ga.

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. From Ware County, Manabat represented Coastal Pines Technical College.

“The design contest exposes students to the diversity of career opportunities available in manufacturing, and it fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation for how critical manufacturing is to the prosperity of their own local communities,” said Richard Warner, noted Georgia journalist and emcee of the event. “Now more than ever, we need to make young people aware that manufacturing is an area where they can express their creativity, and where their skills are rewarded.”

President Glenn Deibert of Coastal Pine Technical College said, “We are pleased that Maria Manabat represented our area so well by being recognized as the 3rd place winner for the State.  I am proud of Maria for taking her time to research and then highlight the value of manufacturing in Georgia through her artwork.” 

The Governor’s Awards Luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 9 – April 12. Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, MAW brings attention to the tremendous contribution manufacturing makes on Georgia’s economic growth. According to Gov. Nathan Deal, nearly 9,738 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, providing 396,339 jobs and generating more than $23.1 billion in wages for Georgia’s citizens, and contributing more than $100 billion to the state’s economy each year.

Coastal Pines Technical College and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce nominated Healthy Pet of Jesup as the area’s Manufacturer of the Year.  Healthy Pet was recognized at the luncheon.  Healthy Pet, a global leader in natural fiber processing for use in pet care, created 15 new jobs last year and invested $9.3 million in new machinery and equipment to provide a new cat litter line.  Health Pet employs 60 people in Jesup. 

This is the 24th 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.


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