GNTC Vice President competes in Celebrity Spelling Bee

During the Seventh Annual Whitfield Education Foundation Celebrity Spelling Bee, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Vice President of Adult Education Lisa Shaw placed 11th out of 20 participants including community members from the greater Dalton area.

The group of educators, health care officials and business leaders met for dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday evening before the bee went underway at the Dalton Convention Center. The spelling bee raises money for the Whitfield Education Foundation (WEF) which raises money for the students and staff of Whitfield County Schools.

After surviving three rounds, Shaw was eliminated along with a handful of others during round four. The word she misspelled, ruefully, ended her bid for the title of champion speller of Dalton, however the GNTC vice president said she enjoyed the lighthearted and fun competition.

GNTC Vice President of Adult Education Lisa Shaw joined 19 Dalton area business, education and health care leaders during the Seventh Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee which raised funds for local students and educators through the Whitfield Education Foundation.
GNTC Vice President of Adult Education Lisa Shaw joined 19 Dalton area business, education and health care leaders during the Seventh Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee which raised funds for local students and educators through the Whitfield Education Foundation.

“Ruefully, I concede I was not the top Celebrity Speller this evening,” Shaw said once it was all said and done. “I was honored to support the Whitfield Education Foundation and applaud their efforts to support teachers and education in Whitfield County. “

“What you are giving is opportunity,” Whitfield County Schools elementary school teacher Renee Griffin said to those gathered at the bee.

The spelling bee is one of several fundraising events the foundation puts on each year to raise money for local educators in Whitfield County. According to WEF President Joseph Farmer, the non-profit has raised over $800,000 to give to Whitfield County Schools over the past 29-years.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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