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Student of the Month Archive

Favorite StarAugust 2014 Student of the Month - Justin Jackson

Justin JacksonJustin Jackson made a promise to his grandmother that he would earn a college degree, and he is honoring that promise at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. With commitment and dedication to his education and his community, Jackson was recently named WKCTC's July Student of the Month.

"Of all the students that could have been picked, they chose me. I'm proud to be recognized for the hard work and effort I put forth," Jackson said. "I am working hard to honor my grandmother's memory and to be a role model for my daughter. I want her (daughter) to have a better life and more opportunities than I had; that's why my education is so important."

The Student of the Month program is designed to recognize the accomplishments of students on campus. Individuals selected must be currently enrolled at WKCTC and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and are nominated on the basis of exceptional performance, personal attributes, academic excellence and active participation in various student organizational activities.

Jackson, 24, of McCracken County, is majoring in business administration with a concentration accounting and economics. A WKCTC student ambassador, Jackson is also a member of the multicultural club, speech and debate team and business club. He plans to transfer to Murray State University next spring to earn a bachelor's degree in economics and accounting. He wants to attend law school and study criminal and family law.

"Justin has overcome inordinate obstacles in order to be successful in his academic studies and personal life. He is a positive example to others and makes a positive difference in the lives of those struggling to persist due to obstacles," said Dr. Belinda Dalton-Russell, WKCTC vice president of student development. "Through his commitment, strong work ethics and the support of others, he has been able to address those barriers and remain steadfast in pursuing his educational goals."

When asked what advise he would give to fellow students, Jackson said, "it's important to work hard and don't be afraid to speak up when you need help. There are faculty, staff and others students who are always there to help you develop what you need to succeed."

Student of the Month recipients receive $100, a certificate of excellence, recognition on the WKCTC Facebook page, campus announcements and Web site. Winners are also recognized by Pepsi MidAmerica and receive one free month's supply of their favorite Pepsi product.
 

Favorite StarJune 2014 Student of the Month - Jennifer Haines

JJennifer Hainesennifer Haines came back college at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in fall 2012 after taking several years off to work and support her family. But as her kids got older, she was tired of living paycheck to paycheck and decided getting a college degree was the only way to a better life for her and her kids.  During her time at WKCTC, Haines studied hard and immersed herself in college life recently earning her the title of June Student of the Month.
 
Haines, 31 of Lyon County, said she is completely honored and humbled to have named student of the month. “I can't even put into words how special this is to me.”
 
Haines graduated in May with an Associate in Arts degree. She is now working toward a bachelor's degree in computer information systems and is concurrently enrolled at WKCTC and Murray State University this fall.
 
The Student of the Month program is designed to recognize the accomplishments of students on campus.  Individuals selected must be currently enrolled at WKCTC and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and are nominated on the basis of exceptional performance, personal attributes, academic excellence and active participation in various student organizational activities.
 
While at WKCTC, Jennifer has served as a student ambassador and Phi Theta Kappa and Student Government Association member.  She most recently served as a lead counselor for the college’s Governor's Minority Student College Prep Program (GMSCPP) that is designed to help sixth-eighth graders focus on careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
 
“Jennifer serves as a role model displaying high standards of academic success, strong interpersonal skills, extreme motivation, and self-discipline,” said Chevene Duncan-Herring, WKCTC student success coach and GMSCPP assistant director.
 
Haines encourages other students to get involved on in college life.  “The campus and volunteer experiences that I have been so fortunate to be involved in have literally shaped my life!”
 
Student of the Month winners receive $100, a certificate of excellence, recognition on the WKCTC Facebook page, campus announcements and Web site. Winners are also recognized by Pepsi MidAmerica and receive one free month’s supply of their favorite Pepsi product. 

Favorite StarApril 2014 Student of the Month - Robert McNail

Robert McNailMcCracken County resident Robert McNail recently walked across the stage of the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center as he graduated with an Associate in Arts degree from West Kentucky Community and Technical College. But before taking the next step in his educational journey, McNail’s dedication to WKCTC and the community earned him the title of April Student of the Month.

“I am extremely proud to have been chosen as the Student of the Month,” said McNail. “I feel that this means that I worked hard and always was a person that represented what the campus stands for, which to me is helping others, always being respectful, and helping to build a strong community on campus.”

The Student of the Month program is designed to recognize the accomplishments of students on campus.  Individuals selected must be currently enrolled at WKCTC and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and are nominated on the basis of exceptional performance, personal attributes, academic excellence and active participation in various student organizational activities.

McNail has been active both on the WKCTC campus and in the community.  He served as a student ambassador, was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and also served on the college’s Baptist Campus Ministries and Running Club.  McNail volunteered with off-campus organizations including the United Way and the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club.
 
McNail plans to continue his education at the Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus to study nonprofit leadership and communications with hopes to eventually head an organization to help children all over the world.
 
Student of the Month winners receive $100, a certificate of excellence, recognition on the WKCTC Facebook page, campus announcements and Web site.  Winners are also recognized by Pepsi MidAmerica, acknowledged in the Paducah Sun, and will receive one free month’s supply of their favorite Pepsi product.

Favorite StarMarch 2014 Student of the Month - Michelle Jackson

Michelle JacksonMichelle Jackson graduated from Reidland High School in 1996 and enrolled in college the next fall. When she got the exciting news that she was going to be a mother, Jackson decided to take time off from school to work and raise a family. But after being laid off from several jobs, Jackson knew she had to go back to college, not only to set an example for her children, but also to focus on a career and be competitive in the workforce.  At age 35, Jackson was intimidated to return to college and was nervous that she wouldn’t do well. Now just two years later, Michelle is graduating with high distinction with an Associate in Applied Science degree in office system technology. Excelling academically is just one reason Jackson was selected as March Student of the Month.
 
“I’m not sure how to put it into words of how excited I am to be recognized for March Student of the Month. As a nontraditional student, I hope to influence other adults on the importance of coming back to school and completing their education, no matter their age,” said Jackson. “And I would like to encourage students to use our campus resources, to assist them in completing their classes to the best of their ability and make the most of their college experience by joining the clubs and organizations on campus.”
 
The Student of the Month program is designed to recognize the accomplishments of students on campus.  Individuals selected must be currently enrolled at WKCTC and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and are nominated on the basis of exceptional performance, personal attributes, academic excellence and active participation in various student organizational activities.
 
Jackson, a Marshall County resident and WKCTC sophomore, plans to continue her education in business administration following commencement next month. She has been active on campus and in the community during her time at WKCTC. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, TRIO Student Support Services, Art & Design Club, Exit 7 Literary Journal, and Concept Zero.  With fellow WKCTC student Chelsea Rollins, Jackson was also selected for the 2014 All-USA Community College Academic Team.  She volunteers for the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center, Child Watch, and Empty Bowls Project of Paducah.  

While taking classes at WKCTC, Jackson acquired a job as a work-study student, which also led to part-time employment as an administrative assistant at the Paducah School of Art and Design.
 
"Michelle is committed to her work and is focused in the classroom. She is mature, needs little supervision, comes prepared to class, and pushes her ideas beyond the scope of original assignments," said John Hasegawa, associate professor, Paducah School of Art and Design.  Beverly Quimby, WKCTC Visual Communications program coordinator, agreed.  "Michelle goes above and beyond her duties to always help other students.  She is an excellent role model."  
 
For her success at WKCTC, Jackson credits her husband, children and parents for giving her constant support and encouragement. “I also owe a special thanks to Angel Rhodes in Financial Aid, professors, mentors and motivators such as Britton Shurley, Tammy Potter, Beverly Quimby, and Liz Dodd.”
 
Student of the Month winners receive $100, a certificate of excellence, recognition on the WKCTC Facebook page, campus announcements and Web site.  Winners are also recognized by Pepsi MidAmerica, acknowledged in the Paducah Sun, and will receive one free month’s supply of their favorite Pepsi product.