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. (gntc.edu)
(Covington, GA) – The Bobcats golf team prepped for next week’s Berry College Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational by routing Oxford College by 61 shots at The Oaks Course in Covington on Wednesday.
All seven golfers played for the Bobcats, although only the lowest four scores counted toward the team score of 280 (4-under par). Chase Cole fired a team-best 66, followed by John Rollins (70), Drew Tankersley (71), Grant Allen (73), Jordan Estes (73), Lanier Guest (74) and Keaton Stanfield (78).
Georgia Northwestern will tee off in the first round of the 36-hole tournament Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the Coosa Country Club in Rome.
Financial Aid Appreciation Day is one week from tomorrow, October 15! Be sure to keep up with the GNTC FB page for the very latest. We’ll have contests and prizes leading up to the 15th. So get ready to take part in this year’s Financial Aid Appreciation Day!
Taking Center Stage at Business and Education Competition
(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College is sending 10 of its top students to compete against the nation’s largest colleges and universities in the National Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee this week.
More than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students will showcase their talents as future business leaders and compete for an opportunity to win nearly $80,000 in cash prizes. PBL’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
Qualifying for the national round of PBL from Georgia Northwestern are Jonathan Hammond and Ernesto Martinez (Help Desk), Marcella Hooper (Future Business Educator), Mario Trejo (Justice Administration), Marcos Diaz (Statistical Analysis), Sairon Patton and Kenneth Shuman (Marketing Analysis and Decision Making), Kenneth Shuman (Small Business Management Plan), Cynthia Mills and Daniel Heiman (Small Business Management Plan), and Tina Zhang (Accounting Principles).
The qualifiers placed in the state level of the PBL conference this past spring earning them bids into the national competition. The GNTC group leaves for the Music City Tuesday morning. GNTC PBL advisors Patty Hart, Dione Hodge and Mark Upton will lead the students into three-days of competition which conclude with an awards ceremony Friday night.
PBL, along with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), is the largest and oldest student business organization in the nation. The annual event allows to students to sharpen their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.
Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia. Georgia Northwestern offers classes on-campus or online throughout the year. GNTC 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.
(Rock Spring, GA) – The home school-based Chattanooga Patriots have made their mark in high school athletics over the past several years and now one of their own will be looking to make her mark at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
Lady Bobcats head coach Carrie Powell announced the signing of Mikiah Treece following a ceremony at the college last Wednesday. Treece, a
5-foot-6 outside hitter, will give the Lady Bobcats power on the front row and a solid defensive player in the back.
“I’m really looking forward to having Mikiah,” Powell said. “She’s a really strong power hitter with all the potential to be a good outside player for us.”
It was Treece who first contacted Powell about the possibility of joining the Lady Bobcats and Powell said she was glad she did.
“She was wanting to come to Georgia Northwestern and further her volleyball career and luckily it all worked out,” said the coach. “I think it’s a really good fit for all of us. She’s really outgoing and a very sweet girl.
She’s been to some of our open gyms this summer and the other players have already taken to her really well.”
Treece attended Heritage Middle School and went to Heritage High School for one year before leaving to be home-schooled. In addition to playing with the Patriots, Treece also played some club volleyball under the direction of Coach Paul Brock.
She said joining the Lady Bobcats was a dream come true.
“My sister also played volleyball and ever since I was in the second grade, my goal has been to be a college volleyball player,” she explained. “I was looking around at colleges and heard about (Georgia Northwestern’s) program. I liked that fact that it wasn’t too far from my house, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. I talked to Coach (Powell), had a tryout and she liked me and wanted me to sign.”
Treece said even though the season is still a couple of months away, she already feels like part of the team.
“I love the other girls,” she said. “They are all awesome and have great personalities. We’re all getting along really well so far. They’ve been encouraging and I think we’re going to have a great season.”
In addition to her hitting and other skills, Treece says she hopes she can bring positivity to the squad.
“I hope I can bring a good attitude, encouragement and just lift everyone up,” she explained. “Even if we can’t win, we can still have a good attitude and do it for the honor of God.”
Treece wants to become a paramedic and later a pediatric nurse.
In honor of the first day of summer semester here in Cats Country, it’s a Cats Country Flashback! We take you all the way back to 2011 when former student Ms. Chelsie Russell submitted this contest entry! Have a great day in Cats Country at Georgia Northwestern!
(Adairsville, GA) – Sammie Frazier may not say much, but the smile on his face Wednesday afternoon spoke volumes.
An ear-to-ear grin seemed to be permanently attached to the Adairsville senior’s face after he signed papers to continue his basketball career with Georgia Northwestern Technical College in a ceremony at the high school.
“It means a lot to me to have all my friends and family here to watch me sign to play in college,” he said. “It’s just good to see everybody smile.”
About the only person smiling more than Frazier was GNTC Bobcat coach David Stephenson, who was more than thrilled to pick up the 6-foot-5, 190-pound Tiger standout.
“This is a big pick-up for us,” he said. “To get a 6-5 kid that can run the floor is great and him being left-handed gives him a little bit of an advantage over most people he’ll be facing. He’s someone we can put in the four or five spot for sure, and after summer workouts we may be able to slide him in at the three depending on who we’re playing.”
Frazier said he was impressed with the coaches, staff and the campus at GNTC itself. He added that he would bring a lot of positives to the Bobcat program, on and off the court.
“I’ll bring length, ability, skill level, a great attitude and a winning attitude,” he said. “I just want to win. I know I need to work on some things, like footwork, speed and shot selection, but I take pride in my rebounding and my defense. I work hard at them.”
“He’s a low post player, but he also has pretty good mid-range on his shots,” Stephenson added. “One of the biggest things about him is that he can move his feet, which will pose match-up problems against some of the bigs we’ll play. He’s got to put on some weight, but that’s usually the case with most kids coming out of high school. He’s a good kid that’s been well-coached.”
Frazier averaged around 13 points, over 10 boards a night and more than three shots a contest this past season. He shot 57 percent from the floor and recorded 13 doubles-doubles. He had a season-high 23 rebounds and nine blocks in a late-season win over Coahulla Creek on Feb. 8.
“He’s one of the most improved kids I’ve ever coached, from his freshman year to his senior year,” said Adairsville coach Kent Howard. “He’s gone from a freshman that could barely run the floor, although he had great hands, to a senior that was one of the top rebounders in all of Class AAA. He’s can also handle the ball and guard away from the basket, but he can play with his back to the basket and he’s consistent.
“He’s also a high character kid. He’s a great practice player and a great kid to have in the locker room. He loves his teammates and wants to win. He has a tremendous upside. I think he will just continue to get better because he knows how to play and how to compete. I’m excited for him. He’ll have a great future playing for Coach Stephenson.”
Frazier said he is undecided on a major, but is considering psychology.
(Ringgold, GA) – As a youngster, Jordan Estes competed in just about every sport there was to play.
But it was the sport he discovered last that will serve as his future.
The Ringgold Tiger golf standout will take his prodigious talents to Georgia Northwestern this fall to join a recruiting class that will feature some of the top prep talent in the area.
Estes won back-to-back Region 5-AAA championships the past two seasons and will be making a third straight individual trip to the state tournament on Monday, looking to improve on a career-best 13th place showing as a sophomore.
“I’m really excited to have Jordan,” GNTC golf coach Jared Willerson said. “He’s one of the best players in north Georgia. I’ve watched him play several tournaments and he’s really impressed me with his on-course demeanor, his swing and the way he just keeps battling even if something goes went wrong.
“He just continues to keep playing hard and that’s the kind of players we’re looking for at Georgia Northwestern. The future is bright for us and he’ll make us competitive right off the bat this fall.”
Unlike many of today’s top junior players, Estes didn’t pick up a club until middle school and then only for a limited time during the year.
“My uncle thought I had some natural ability so he put a club in my hands for the first time in sixth grade,” Estes explained. “I played but I would put the clubs up every summer and I did that through my sophomore year. My junior year I finally got a membership at WindStone (Golf Club) and that was the first year I really played every day.”
Estes proved to be a fast learner on the course and soaked up advice from former teammate and current UTC golfer, Brooks Thomas.
“It was a good experience playing with Brooks,” he said. “He taught me a lot because there was a lot I didn’t know about the game.”
Ringgold golf coach Slade Queen said he met Estes for the first time six years ago.
“Coming from Dalton, I was really surprised at the kind of talent we had (at Ringgold Middle School),” the coach said. “Jordan has always been competitive. He played No. 2 for us as a junior, but he was our No. 1 this year and he was a real team player.”
Queen said a friendly rivalry between his two star players made them both better.
“To be honest, there was a lot of times he would push Brooks,” he added. “Even from the seventh grade on, he was really competitive with (Brooks) and it motivated (Brooks) to play better.
“Jordan’s got a strong power game, even though it looks like he’s only swinging about 20 percent all the time. The ball just explodes off his club face. He’s really long of the tee. You can also see the hunger in his eyes, especially at tournaments. I think he’ll be a great fit (at GNTC).”
Estes says his biggest asset on the course is his demeanor.
“I don’t get fired up when I hit a good shot and I don’t blow up when I hit a bad one like you see some other players do,” he said. “I’m just glad for the opportunity to come out here and play and still be able to be close to my family. Plus it’s a good technical school to get some certification.
Estes joins a Bobcat recruiting class that already includes Trion’s John Rollins and Gordon Lee’s Lanier Guest.
“We’re going to have some pretty stout players this fall,” Estes added. “We’re going to be pretty good.”
Estes plans to major in computer information systems.