Gwinnett Middle School Student Takes Third Place in the 2013 Manufacturing Appreciation Week Student Design Contest

April 12, 2013

Gwinnett Middle School Student Takes Third Place in the 2013 Manufacturing Appreciation Week Student Design Contest

Gwinnett / North Fulton

Dong Ouk (Joseph) Chung, an eighth grader from Hull Middle School in Suwanee, has been recognized by Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle for winning third place in his division for the 2013 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) Student Design Contest.

The competition is part of Manufacturing Appreciation Week, which was developed by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to recognize the contribution of manufacturing to Georgia's economy.

"We're so impressed by Joseph and the rest of the students that participated in this competition. It's great to see students at such a young age take interest in manufacturing in their home communities," says David McCulloch, vice president of Economic Development at Gwinnett Tech, a TCSG college.

The student design competition involves school-aged children from across Georgia submitting artwork depicting the importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities. Winners were named for grades 9-12, 6-8, and K-5.

For Chung's award-winning entry, he created a collage by drawing different company symbols that best represent the manufacturers of Georgia, including Atlanta-based Delta Airlines. His winning effort netted him a $100 scholarship check, presented by Lieutenant Governor Cagle, at the MAW Governor's Awards Luncheon held at the Georgia International Convention Center.

"I was really excited to meet Lieutenant Governor Cagle. We were recently learning about him in my social studies class, so it was great to get the opportunity to meet and talk to him in person. I also enjoy drawing and painting, and this design contest gave me experience entering art competitions," says Chung.

Manufacturing provides jobs for approximately 408,427 Georgians. The nearly 9,000 manufacturing facilities in Georgia are devoted to making products as diverse as textiles to automotive parts.

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