SCC PTA Program Announces Outstanding Student Award Recipients
The Somerset Community College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program has announced its outstanding student award recipients for 2018.
Sarah Stamper Withrow of Winchester has been named the recipient of the 2018 Total Rehab Award. The award is peer-selected and is based upon a second-year program student’s potential contributions to the physical therapy profession and the community. The award is named in honor of the Total Rehab Center, a local physical therapy clinic that has contributed to the program over the past two decades. She served as secretary of her class and was a top fundraiser at SCC for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, a national competition to secure funds for physical therapy research. She also volunteers at the Kentucky Special Olympics State Games, assisting with free health screens for athletes. She was also named the Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Organization (PTSO) member for 2018. Stamper is married to Josh Withrow and is the daughter of Terry and Dianne Stamper. She graduated from the program in May and plans to work in an orthopaedic and sports physical therapy clinic.
Logan Simpkins of River has been named the recipient of the 2018 James H. Anderson Award. The award is peer-selected and is based upon a first-year program student’s potential contributions to the physical therapy profession and the community. The award is named in honor of James H. Anderson, a former SCC professor and former PTA Program director. Simpkins serves as vice-president of both his class and SCC’s Physical Therapy Student Organization, serves on the PTA program’s advisory board and is a member of the Student Government Association. He is active in a number of community activities, including fundraisers for the March of Dimes and Special Olympics and participated in SCC’s Monster Bash in 2017. Simpkins is the son of Randy and Jennifer Simpkins and plans to work in eastern Kentucky following his graduation in 2019.
Ashley Evans of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee has been named the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Mentor Award. The award is selected by first-year program students and is based upon a graduating student’s commitment to assisting members of the first-year class be successful in their first-year experience. Evans volunteered for the Kentucky Special Olympics through fundraisers, including the Polar Plunge, and assisting with free health screens for athletes. She also participated in fundraisers for the Foundation for Physical Therapy and attended the National Student Conclave in Portland, Oregon last fall. Evans is the daughter of Lanny and Pam Evans. She graduated from the program in May and plans to work as a physical therapist assistant in Tennessee.