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Election Day Facts and Spring Semester


Fun Fact of the Day on this Election Day!

November was selected in America as the month to hold major elections because harvest seasons were complete by then.
The first Tuesday of November was selected as Election Day because initially many people had to travel the day before to reach the polling place in time. Since most people did not travel on Sunday for religious reasons, they did not want elections to be on a Monday.

Bobcat Fact of the Day: Application and Testing Deadline for spring semester is November 25. (

Getting Feet Wet, Cats’ Parrish, Tankersley Lead First Effort

Georgia Northwestern Preps For Inaugural Season With Fall Tourney

(Rome, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern took part this past weekend in one of two scheduled pre-season fall tournaments before teeing off the college’s inaugural season of intercollegiate golf this spring.

The Chick-Fil-A Invitational in Rome, Georgia saw the Cats Golf program take a 23rd place finish. Georgia Northwestern played round one at Stonebridge Golf Club on Monday, September 30. Round two was held at Coosa Country Club.

Freshman Bobcat golfers Brandon Parrish and Drew Tankersley led the way in the college’s initial offering. Tankersley led the way on Monday with a 77 (+5) at Stonebridge. After teeing off at number nine, Tankersley would shoot even par through the first eight holes of play Monday. A double bogey and bogey combination on 17 and 18 would keep things slightly above par for the rest of the day. Tankersley posted an 83 on day two for a tournament total 160 (+16).

On Tuesday, it was fellow Cat linkster Brandon Parrish who would pick up the pace when the squad teed off at Coosa Country Club. Parrish would birdie 15 and 16 to finish day two with a 76 (+4), leading the way for Georgia Northwestern in the tourney with an overall 155 (+11) Also suiting up for the Cats in the Floyd County, Georgia event this week were Gavin Reeves, Adrian Petino, Jermaine Carter, and Shawn Welch.

“A lot of tension, nervousness, as we got going Monday. But we really made some progress between day one and day two,” said Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Golf Coach Jared Willerson. “We’ve got a couple of weeks to make preparations for our other big event this fall. We should see some good growth out of each of these student-athletes by then.”

Georgia Northwestern will tee things off in their second warm-up event for the inaugural season this spring by heading to the Maryville (TN) Invitational at Green Meadow Country Club October 18-19.

For information on all Cats Country intercollegiate athletic programs, check out, e-mail the Office of Sports Information at, or call (706) 764-3813.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.

N.E. Alabama, N.W. Georgia Focus For Lady Cats Cheer

Bobcats Round Out First Competitive Signing Season

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(Flat Rock, Alabama) – Recruiting for student-athletes in Northwest Georgia and the Tennessee Valley can be extremely competitive. For Northwest Georgia’s largest college, recruit signings have becoming more of a celebration of the best talent the region has to offer rather than an official school event.

“We’ve had colleges come and do signings all spring. However, it’s more of a family atmosphere and a showcase with (Georgia) Northwestern,” said Dade County High School’s Head Cheer Coach Lindsey Moore. “Recruiting for our region’s top cheerleaders has really picked up since they came into the picture.”

With Georgia Northwestern’s first year of intercollegiate cheerleading just months away, the Lady Cats have rounded out their NJCAA recruiting season with its focus turning to Sand Mountain and Trenton, Georgia.

The final weeks of May saw Georgia Northwestern recruiters making trips up and down Sand Mountain between, Ider, North Sand Mountain, and Dade County High Schools. As the signing season comes to a close, Georgia Northwestern has now inked Ider’s Nicolesha Russell, North Sand Mountain’s Paige Vaughn, and Dade County’s Rachelle Blansit and Maggie Tharp.

“I’m excited about competing with so many cheerleaders from across the area,” said North Sand Mountain’s Paige Vaughn after her May signing. “We’ve all competed in so many of the same competitions in high school. And now after this year with Coach Stoker recruiting me and some of the others from the area, we’ve had a lot to talk about and look forward to.”

In addition to early signees Tara Clark (LaFayette), Mikayla Derryberry (Ridgeland), Desirea Famber (Dalton), and Mina Winters (LaFayette), the Lady Cats have a solid eight NJCAA student-athletes that will serve as the cornerstones of Georgia Northwestern’s latest intercollegiate athletic offering which is expected to field an initial squad of 16 cheerleaders.

“All eight are tremendous athletes and leaders on their prep squads,” said Stoker. “We couldn’t afford to have anything less than best with this being our pilot season.”
The Gordon Lee Invitational Cheer Competition held in Chickamauga, Georgia last October gave first-year Cats Cheer Head Coach Karen Stoker a great look at what the area had to offer in 2013. “We used that event as a great recruiting tool for us,” said Stoker. “We are putting together a team that can compete, not just show up. This is an opportunity for the region’s best to take their skill sets to the collegiate level. It’s a chance to showcase what we have to offer, as well as what these athletes can do in the classroom and on the floor.”

For the 2012-13 season, the Cats Cheer program will solely cheer for the college’s NJCAA Region XVII Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs which run from October through March. The college is looking into the possibility of expanding the program in the near future, as well as adding more athletic offerings through its Northwest Georgia campuses. The Bobcat Golf program is set to tee off in spring of 2014 as the search for the program’s first coach is now underway.

For more information on Bobcats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813, through, or by e-mail to Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia educating more than 10,000 students every year. GNTC offers more than 200 programs on five different campuses and online throughout the year.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Troy Peco Named 2013 TCSG Instructor of the Year

Peco and McDonald

Atlanta – Troy Peco, an automotive technology director and instructor from Georgia Northwestern Technical College, is the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year for 2013.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson made the announcement during a banquet for the system’s top instructors and students at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta on April 25. He presented Peco with the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction and a $1,000 check.

“It’s my honor to present Troy with this well-deserved recognition as the TCSG instructor of the year,” said Jackson. “He’s an expert in his field whose dedication to providing world-class instruction ensures that his students will find great success in their chosen careers. I congratulate him on this outstanding honor and thank him for his strong commitment to technical education.”

Judging for the Rick Perkins Award begins at the 25 TCSG colleges and a Board of Regents college with a technical division. Next, a regional competition narrows the field to nine finalists. Judges choose the top instructor based on criteria that include teaching experience, use of innovative learning techniques, leadership and community involvement, and a strong devotion to the technical education mission of the TCSG.

For the next year, Peco will serve as the TCSG ambassador for technical education instruction. He will make numerous appearances around Georgia and speak about the many education opportunities offered by the technical college system. He will also be honored by the Georgia General Assembly and receive a personal commendation from the Governor.

“GNTC is very honored to recognize our Automotive instructor, Troy Peco, as the state Rick Perkins Award Winner for 2013,” stated GNTC Acting President Pete McDonald. “Troy is very committed to his students and their success. He takes great pride in sharing his knowledge and passion for excellence in automotive technology. The college is honored to recognize Troy as the top instructor in the Technical College System of Georgia.”

When asked why he chose to teach at GNTC, Peco answered “I truly enjoy sharing my knowledge of repairing automobiles. The pleasure that I receive when seeing a student repair a system on a car that they thought was beyond them is priceless. Teaching at a technical college allows me to give someone an affordable education in a field that’s in great demand that will help them provide for themselves and their family.”

Peco has been an instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Walker County Campus since 2006. Prior to joining GNTC, he was the service director at Bill Hood Nissan/Mazda/Hyundai in Hammond, Louisiana; shop foreman and assistant manager at Amite City Ford in Amite, Louisiana; technician supervisor at Submersible Systems Inc. in Morgan City, Louisiana; and a service technician at Bill Hood Ford and Bohn Ford both in Louisiana. Peco also previously taught basic electrical and engine repair at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Louisiana and served as an interior communications electrician for the United States Navy. He received his associate of applied science degree in Motor Vehicle Technology at Delgado Community College. Peco also holds many certifications including Electrical and Electronic Communication Repair and Maintenance, Ford Sr. Masters Gasoline and Diesel Engine Certification, ASE Master certified technician, certified in Nissan full line service and parts, and is a certified Honda technician. Peco is involved in several community organizations including volunteer work at the a Walker County Animal Shelter, advisory member for the Chickamauga Elementary Parent/Teacher organization, coach for the Chickamauga Recreation baseball and basketball teams, and a member of St. Gerard Church Men’s Club.

The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award program through the System Office’s programming staff, the presidents’ Academic Improvement committee and the state planning committee.

Last year, instructors at the 25 TCSG colleges educated and trained more than 170,000 students.

About the TCSG: The 25 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer affordable education and excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma, and two-year associate degree programs. Students of all ages take advantage of affordable tuition, outstanding instructors, hands-on learning, and state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today’s in-demand jobs.

In 2012, the TCSG colleges delivered 2.8 million credit hours of instruction to more than 170,000 students. The TCSG is online, too, serving 85,000 students through the system’s Georgia Virtual Technical Connection. TCSG students enjoy the benefits of Georgia’s HOPE grant and scholarship and the federal Pell grant, which will pay for a significant portion of a TCSG education.

The TCSG Office of Adult Education delivered a variety of programs to 78,000 students in 2012 and almost 18,000 adult learners earned their GED credential. The TCSG Quick Start program provided customized workforce training to almost 58,000 employees of new and expanding companies in Georgia.

For more information about the TCSG and links to a technical college in your area, go to

Georgia Northwestern Aviation Helps Air Show Fly High In Rome

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(Richard B. Russell Airport, Rome, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s aviation program was among the main sponsors and helped coordinate key elements of the 2012 Wings Over North Georgia 2012 Air Show at the end of September.

The three-day event saw dozens of high-flying acts from across North America take to the North Georgia skies putting their skills on display for tens of thousands of fans who filled the runways of Russell Airport in Rome for the exhibition. “This is a perfect venue for something of this caliber,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College aviation program director, Jon Byrd. “The program we offer at the college is all based at this airport in our own hanger and classrooms. We couldn’t have had a better hands-on, first-person experience for our students than this. We are very proud of the effort everyone gave and plans are already underway for next year.”

From a National BBQ Cook-Off, to an Aaron Tippin concert, to world-traveling stunt plane teams, to even an appearance from the last remaining member of the crew on the World War II bomber, Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima in 1945, the event was full of eye-popping and inspiring attractions that fans won’t soon stop talking about.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers Aviation Technology and Aviation Technician programs leading to certificates, diplomas, and degrees. This year, GNTC is celebrating its fiftieth year of technical education in Northwest Georgia. For more information on the aviation careers that a GNTC education can lead to, contact the aviation program at 706.802.5085. Georgia Northwestern is an equal opportunity institute and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern Is On The Air (Cats Country: A MovieTone Production)

Lady Cats Sign Hawkins-Powell For ’12-13

Former Georgia Northwestern Volleyball Standout Hired As Top Cat

Cutline: “Carrie Hawkins-Powell posing for media photography before her final season of play at Georgia Northwestern. Hawkins-Powell will line her own roster up for Georgia Northwestern beginning this September as the head coach of the NJCAA Division III women’s volleyball program.”

(Rossville, Georgia)
– Five seasons ago, 6-foot-tall middle hitter Carrie Hawkins blasted a powerful kill shot down the middle of a Carrollton, Georgia court to score the first-ever point scored by any woman in any sport at Georgia Northwestern. Now, entering season number six, Carrie Hawkins (Powell) is gearing up for another job in Cats Country.

Among the leaders in all-time stat categories for Lady Bobcat Women’s Varsity Volleyball, the Ridgeland High School and Georgia Northwestern alum is signed on to coach the Lady Cats in NJCAA Division III play this fall. “This is a real passion of mine and this is my college,” said Hawkins-Powell. “This opportunity has come along at just the right time of my life. I’m looking forward to doing this 110-percent.”

Most memorable from Hawkins-Powell career with the two-year program was several upsets in Southeastern Conference club volleyball tournament action. Wins over the SEC’s Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Alabama club programs and near misses with a handful of other high-caliber opponents made headlines during Hawkins-Powell’s playing days.

“I am confident that she’s the right choice for this job,” said Georgia Northwestern Athletic Director David Stephenson. “To see a graduate of ours choose to come back to give back to the college is a pleasure for us. You can tell right away that she (Hawkins-Powell) is in high gear.” When the Lady Cats take the court for the first time this season on September 5, it will launch season the sixth-year of intercollegiate competition for Georgia Northwestern.

Cats Country currently offers Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Golf, and Cheerleading on the collegiate varsity level.

Among some of the tougher regional competition this fall for Hawkins-Powell and her Lady Bobcats will be Bryan College, Johnson University, Reinhardt University, Tennessee Temple, and Covenant College. “This year’s schedule could really turn into something special in regards to future scheduling and potential rivalries. We are really in a great position to grow this year.”

Tryouts for Lady Cats Intercollegiate Women’s Volleyball will next take place on August 8, 9, 15, 16, and 20th. All sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, located at 301 Williams Street in Rossville, Georgia.

For more information on Bobcats and Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern Signs Cotton, Green For 2012-13 Roster

GHSA 7-AA Point Guards Ink With NJCAA Program

“Pictured, seated from left, are Brooklyn Cotton, father; Quinton Cotton; and Wylene Cotton. Standing behind the Cotton Family is sixth-year Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson.”

(The R.A.C., Rossville, Georgia) – It’s dusk in Rossville, Georgia as the summer heat fills the Rossville Athletic Complex (The R.A.C.) as Bobcats and prospective Bobcats run the court in drills for Georgia Northwestern.

                In season number six for the NJCAA Region XVII program, one thing is obvious as this sweat box they call summer workouts fills with squeaks, dribbles, and yells.  GNTC has something they haven’t enjoyed in quite some time: A true depth chart.

                The last two signings of the off-season shows the program’s interest in good ball handlers as they steal away more North Georgia talent. Prep All-Region standout point guards Quinton Cotton (Model) and Josh Green (Dade) both recently inked with the JUCO powerhouse.

                “We lost our All-American point guard in Matt Woods after this year,” said sixth-year Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “We had our work cut out for us to replace him. I think we’ve come out very lucky. With Quinton and Josh, we know they’re not afraid to go to the basket or distribute the ball. Just quality student-athletes.”

                It was just five months ago that the 6-foot-1 Green was running rough shot through his region and helping Dade County easily take home their sub-region title. Green would lead the way with 29 points in that championship game. It was just before that at the turn of the year that the 6-foot Cotton would hit the 1,000 point mark for his Blue Devil career on the prep hardwood.

                “This is just a great move for me,” said Cotton. “Coach Stephenson really seems to understand me. I like that he wants me to have my education first. I’m looking forward to this year.”

“Pictured, seated from left, Mike Green, father; Josh Green; and Kim Green, mother. Shown standing, from left, are Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson, Dade County Assistant Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Cole Hicks, Dade County Boys’ Head Basketball Coach Glen Hicks, and Dade County Assistant Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Alan Morris.”

As for Dade’s former top trigger man, Green says he’ll miss Wolverine Basketball. “I loved the up-tempo style of play we had at Dade,” said Green. If Georgia Northwestern keeps this year’s squad intact for the duration, Green won’t miss a thing. “We’ve prided ourselves on playing 94-feet of basketball each trip down the court,” said Stephenson. “With the depth we have at this point, if everything pans out, we’ll be able to do that for every minute of every game if we wish.”

                Both Cotton and Green battled regularly in GHSA’s Region 7-AA for the Blue Devils and Wolverines, respectively. Expected to make the Bobcat roster for 2012-13, these two prep stars will actually be battling it out with another Tennessee Valley point guard for the starting spot at that position.

                Sonoraville’s Tavish Reynolds is also committed to the Bobcats for next season. “We are blessed at the position,” said Stephenson. “More importantly, we have young men who understand that college comes first. They are also men who understand what it means to be a role player. We are already seeing that commitment in summer workouts.”

                Dade County and Model High Schools have been a source of quality incoming freshman for the Bobcats over the last several years. Bobcat starting shooting guard Fernando Lemus, Jr. is Model’s second all-time leading scorer. Woods, the out-going All-American; Ben Patton, GNTC’s all-time leading three-point shooter; and Jesse Moore, who served as a student coach last season for Stephenson, are all former Dade County standouts.

                Off-season signings for last year’s Region XVII semi-finalists loaded Stephenson’s cupboard with true talent at every slot. “We have true big men, big shooters, fast hands, and a possible full roster with its priorities in order,” said Stephenson. “I say possible roster because no one has officially made this year’s team until tryouts are complete in August.”

                Tryouts officially take place on August 23 and 24 for all students of Georgia Northwestern at 6:30 p.m. at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex) in Rossville, Georgia. The Bobcats open up the season on November 2 at Georgia’s Toccoa Falls College. In the six years the program has played on the intercollegiate level, Georgia Northwestern has won its conference title twice.

                For information on all Cats Country intercollegiate athletic programs, check out the “Athletics” page at You can also e-mail the Office of Sports Information at or call (706) 764-3813.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.



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