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Local construction firm awards NGTC students scholarships
North Georgia Technical College student Georgia Zumwalt, center, receives a $1,000 scholarship from Ron Cantrell Construction Inc. Congratulating her were employees, Casey Adams, from left, Lorie Crumley, Ron Cantrell, Jim Loring and Jeff Gulle.

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Ron Cantrell of Ron Cantrell Construction Inc. presented seven photography students with scholarships for their work documenting one of the company’s recent construction projects.

Students from North Georgia Technical College’s Photography Department traveled to the Tallulah Falls School to photograph the multimillion-dollar renovation of school’s Upper School Academic Complex, highlighting many of RCCI’s improvements and enhancements.

The original TFS academic building, completed in 1956, consisted of only two stories. RCCI’s team of designers and construction crews renovated and expanded the building to include a third floor, adding 18,000 square feet of classroom space. A new media center and a coffee bar for students were part of the expansion.

Georgia Zumwalt of Jefferson was selected by RCCI as the first-place winner.

“I just loved her photos,” Ron Cantrell said.

She was presented with a $1,000 scholarship to use for tuition or to purchase equipment.

Second-place winner was Sierra Smith of Carnesville. She was presented with a $500 scholarship. Megan Shead of Appling earned third place and received a $250 scholarship.

Honorable mentions were given to four students: Victoria Boyce of Toccoa, Maria Gonzalez of Clarkesville, Colleen Gearty of Hoschton and Blakely Sheriff of Dawsonville. Each will receive a $50 scholarship.

Cantrell, with help from employees Casey Adams and Lorie Crumley, judged the photos and selected their favorites. Many of the images were used in a package submitted for a contest hosted by The National Association of Church Design Builders. RCCI won Best Ancillary Facility for its work at TFS. RCCI credits the students’ beautiful images for its win.

“A picture is often the first impression, and it has to be a lasting one,” Crumley said.

The photos will be used in a variety of brochures and publications as well as on the RCCI website, with credit given to North Georgia Technical College and each student.

Ron Cantrell Construction Inc. is a local construction firm in Cleveland.

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