Campbellsville University: Kelsey Elisabeth Best, daughter of David and Sheila Best of Harrodsburg, recently graduated with a bachelor of science degree in political science. Kelsey was given the honor to speak at the December 2012 graduation commencement ceremony. She graduated magna cum laude and as president of Campbellsville University’s Student Government Association.
Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio: Kaley Jackson, a 2011 graduate of Boyle County High School, made the president’s list with a 4.0 GPA for the fall 2012 semester. She is pursuing studies for a master’s degree in occupational therapy.
Bluegrass Community & Technical College: Evan Avery, Richard Bailey, Melissa Baker, Michael Beckley, Cori Belcher, Kaelan Benedict, Nicholas Birt, Ricky Brown, Steven Caldwell, Chelsea Christison, Brandi Cornett, Adam Cosentino, Julie Criswell, Wanda Curtsinger, Lisette Dalton, Virginia Daugherty, Nellie Ellis, William Ellis, Robin Estes, Jesse Fifer, Justin Followell, Barry Gipson, Brenda Gipson, Sarita Harkness, Elizabeth Harmon, Jessica Hawkins, Sara Huff, Dylan Hundley, Natassia Johnson, Jerry Jones, Terry Justice, Amanda Leffew, Kimberly Long, Rebecca Meeks, Carl Michael, Mark Montgomery, Lilian Morfaw, April Mullins, Geoffrey Mullins, Trista Mynear, Justin Nevius, Dewell Pahl, Jacob Parker, Bonita Pingleton, Dakota Poff, Vladimir Popkhadze, Kasi Powell, Stephen Roth, Bryan Rousey, Drew Russell, Martin Ryan, Tina Ryan, Linda Rye, Kelsie Sallee, Kristen Sanchez Bernabe, Tyler Smith, Laura Thornton, Tyler Watts, Michael Webb, Christopher Weldon, Cara Williams, Kaitlyn Wray and George Young.
Local students study in Borneo
Local Centre College students studied abroad in Borneo during CentreTerm, the college's unique, three-week winter term.
The students include: Bret Marshall, son of Mike Marshall and Carol Webb-Marshall of Danville, a graduate of Boyle County High School; and Natalie Orms, daughter of Carlyle and Janet Orms of Danville and a graduate of Boyle County High School.
The trip to Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo introduced students to the third largest island and most biodiverse region on the globe. Daily hiking expeditions and an extended camping trip targeted pristine tracts of tropical forest and a rugged terrain rich with natural formations and endemic species.
Student wins national award
SOMERSET — A student currently enrolled in second-year studies in the Somerset Community College physical therapist assistant program has been named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Geriatrics’ Outstanding Student Award.
Debora Lasure of Stanford will receive the award at the APTA Combined Sections meeting in San Diego, Calif.,this month. This is the first year a SCC student has won the award.
Lasure is the daughter of James and Emma Meade of Stanford and the wife of Jeff Lasure of Stanford. The couple have two children, Ashley and Josh.
She is a graduate of Lincoln County High School.
She worked as a preschool aide at Stanford Elementary and Fort Logan Preschool before returning to college. She has been active in a number of community service projects, including assisting with free health screens at the Kentucky Special Olympics, volunteering for the relay crew at the 2012 Bourbon Chase, and serving as a student co-coordinator for fundraisers for the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association.
In 2012, Lasure developed and implemented the Back2School4Kids program, assisting with the purchase of school supplies for children in Lincoln, McCreary and Pulaski counties.
She also developed the “Design Your Future” art and essay competition encouraging early career exploration for students enrolled at Waynesburg Elementary School.
Active within the APTA, Lasure has served in a number of leadership roles. She presently as Kentucky’s Core Ambassador to the APTA Student Assembly and was the top fundraiser in her program’s participation in the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge, for which the program was named the “Outstanding PTA Program” nationally by the Foundation for Physical Therapy. She serves as treasurer of her class, has co-authored educational brochures related to elderly causes and coordinated a free self-defense course.
She holds membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honorary and SCC’s Physical Therapy Student Organization and Martial Arts Club and was appointed to the SCC PTA Program’s advisory board by the college president.
Ultimately, Lasure plans to further her education and obtain a bachelor’s degree.
Lasure was nominated for the award by Chris Garland, PTA, who said, “Debora is an exemplary model of the face we want to show our patients and our communities on behalf of our profession.” The nomination was supported by program faculty members Dr. Steve Hammons and Claudette Prather and by classmates Tawana Eastridge and Justin Kinder.
She is the third student in her class to be recognized nationally. Justin Kinder of Lexington was elected to the APTA Student Assembly board of directors last October; Bethany Smahaj of Georgetown was named the APTA Orthopaedic Section’s Outstanding PTA Student Award for 2013.
College news for Jan. 27, 2013
Kelsey Best (January 27, 2013)