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Chris Garland, named to the USA Today All-USA Community College Academic Team

A Somerset Community College student has been named to the USA Today All-USA Community College Academic Team. Natalie Chris Garland, a student currently enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, was honored along with 19 other national winners at a ceremony in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 11.

As reported in USA Today, the All-USA Community College Academic Team recognizes outstanding students from across the United States and provides scholarships and recognition for top students. More than 1,600 students from 800 community colleges were nominated for the award. Garland was recommended for the award by PTA Program faculty Dr. Ron Meade, PT and Dr. Steve Hammons, PT. In his nomination, Dr. Hammons noted that Ms. Garland is recognized as one who leads by example and commends her altruistic endeavors, community service and work ethic.

In addition to being named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team, Garland was named a Coca-Cola New Century Scholar, presented annually to the top community college student in each state. Students from Canada and the British Virgin Islands were also recognized this year. The award includes a $2,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Two other Kentucky students were recognized through the program: Stacie Brasher of West Kentucky Community and Technical College and Lisa Rutherford of Big Sandy Community and Technical College were named Silver Scholars and received $1,250 scholarships.

Garland has been recognized throughout her academic career at Somerset Community College. In 2010, she was named the recipient of the James H. Anderson Award, presented annually to one student who has the potential to make a significant impact upon the physical therapy profession as selected by their peers. She was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Physical Therapy Associations (APTA) Student Assembly, was named the APTA Orthopaedic Sections National Student of the Year and is the recipient of the 2011 Mary McMillan Scholarship Award. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honorary and has received many local academic awards. She has a long history of community service and has coordinated many meaningful charitable projects.

Dr. Jo Marshall, President and CEO of Somerset Community College, commented on the prestigious award, Chris is an amazing student and wonderful person. We are so proud of what she has achieved and cant wait to see what she will accomplish professionally in the future.

Garland resides in Burkesville with husband Erik, who accompanied her to the awards presentation in New Orleans. Parents Linda and Larry Noland of Tuscaloosa, Alabama were also on hand. Garland will be recognized at SCCs Honors Night and again at the KCTCS New Horizons Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, later this spring. She will graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in the PTA Program in May.

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Chris Garland, a Somerset Community College student in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, was named to the USA Today All-USA Community College Academic Team. She was one of 20 winners from across the nation to win this outstanding award and was honored at a ceremony in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 11. Garland was also named a Coca-Cola New Century Scholar, presented annually to the top community college student in each state. From left to right: Dr. Tony Honeycutt, SCC Provost; Dr. Ron Meade, PTA Program Director; Chris Garland; Erik Garland; Linda Noland, mother of Garland; Dr. Jo Marshall, SCC President and CEO; and Larry Noland, father of Garland.