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Second SCC Physical Therapist Assistant Student Wins National Award

Leah WrightA Somerset Community College (SCC) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program student has been named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy’s Outstanding Student Award for 2017. Leah Huber Wright of Lexington, a second-year PTA student, will receive the award at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas in February.

Wright is the fifth SCC student to win the award. Past winners from SCC include: Travis Dills, Somerset; Brittany McKee, Bronston; Briana Allen, Monticello; and Debora Lasure, Stanford.

Wright, who previously attended the University of Kentucky, serves as vice-president of her class and of SCC’s Physical Therapy Student Organization. She is a peer mentor and tutor, is an active member of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA), and was named to the 2016 KPTA/RehabCare All-Academic Team. She attended the 2016 KPTA Conclave and participated in the KPTA’s Day of Service through coordinating activities to assist a local homeless shelter. She has coordinated fundraisers for the Foundation for Physical Therapy and is a member of the APTA’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and the Orthopaedic Section.  

In 2016, Wright received the highest honor presented within SCC’s PTA Program, having been selected the recipient of the James H. Anderson Award. This award is especially meaningful as it is peer-selected and based upon the expectation that the recipient will make a significant and lasting impact upon the physical therapy profession.

Wright was nominated for the award by Dr. Steve Hammons and the nomination was supported by PTA Program Director Dr. Ron Meade. PTA program students Lindsay Bowen, Tabitha Drury, Janel Northington and Ginny Thomas also wrote letters of recommendation on Wright’s behalf.

Wright is the daughter of Joe and Kathy Huber of Campbellsville and is expected to graduate with an Associates of Applied Science Degree from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program in May 2017.