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Owensboro native named Outstanding First-Year PTA Student at SCC

A native of Owensboro currently residing in Lexington has been named the recipient of the 2011 James H. Anderson Award for Outstanding First-Year PTA Student in Somerset Community Colleges Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Brandon English was named the winner of the award, which is presented annually to an outstanding SCC PTA first-year student. The award is named in honor of past SCC PTA Program Director James H. Anderson.

This has become a prestigious award and is especially meaningful, as the award is peer-selected, stated Dr. Steve Hammons, who serves as the programs Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. The recipient is deemed by his or her peers to be the student who will make the most significant impact upon the lives of their patients and on the future of the physical therapy profession. Brandon has already been active in our professional association at the national level and is an excellent representative of our program.

Mr. English is active in a number of campus community service activities. He serves as president of the SCC Physical Therapy Student Organization and serves as a co-coordinator for the programs participation in the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge, a national fundraising competition for physical therapy research. As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), he has attended both the APTA National Student Conclave and the Combined Sections Meeting, where he participated in student activities and volunteered to assist with activities related to the Orthopaedic Section. He has been published in the APTAs national student newsletter, the Pulse and in the Kentucky Physical Therapy Associations Newsletter. He is employed by the Drayer Physical Therapy Institute in Lexington, where he received the Superior Performance in Reaching, Inspiring and Teaching (SPIRIT) Award.

The past five winners of the James H. Anderson Award went on to receive national recognition from the APTA. They include: Chris Garland, Burkesville; Valarie Cooper, Jamestown; Rod Edwards, Somerset; Isaac Mills, Corbin; and Heather Tuel, Somerset.

English is a 2003 graduate of Apollo High School and a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fitness and Sports Management. While at Kentucky Wesleyan, he was a member of the football team. He is the son of Mike and Debbie English of Owensboro. He and wife Brittany presently reside in Lexington with son Clayton. Ultimately, English plans to obtain a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy.

English was also recognized at SCCs Honors Night held on April 15, 2011.