Briana Allen, a second-year student in the Somerset Community College (SCC) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program has been named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Section on Geriatrics’ Outstanding Student Award for 2014. Allen, of Monticello, will receive the award at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada in February.
Allen is the second SCC student to win the award. Debora Lasure of Stanford was the 2013 recipient.
Allen attended Monticello High School, where she was a student athlete. She has been active in a number of community service projects, including assisting with free health screens at the Kentucky Special Olympics. On campus, she served as president of SCC’s Physical Therapy Student Organization and Martial Arts Club and was a Representative of the Student Government Association. She is a Student Ambassador and represented the college at the 2013 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Pageant. She has participated in a number of student recruitment initiatives, included the Governor’s Minority Scholarship Preparation Program, Camp Jump Start and the Rogers Scholars Programs.
Active within the APTA, Allen has attended the past two APTA National Student Conclaves and participated in the PTA program’s fundraising efforts in the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge, for which the program was named the “Outstanding PTA Program” nationally by the Foundation for Physical Therapy. She has co-authored educational brochures related to elderly populations and coordinated free self-defense and tai chi courses.
Allen was nominated for the award by Program Director Ron Meade, who describes her as “compassionate, caring and extremely humble.” The nomination was supported by program faculty members Dr. Steve Hammons, PT and Claudette Prather, PTA and by program students Christine Sooriya-Arachchi and Katie Linville.
Allen is the daughter of Robert and Michelle Allen of Monticello and has a brother, Andre. She is presently employed by the physical therapy department at Wayne County Hospital.
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