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PTA Student Named Outstanding Student by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

McKeeA student currently enrolled in second-year studies in the Somerset Community College (SCC) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program has been named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Associations (APTA) Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapys Outstanding Student Award for 2015. Brittany McKee of Bronston will receive the award at the APTA combined sections meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana in February.

McKee is the third SCC student to win the award. Briana Allen of Monticello was the recipient in 2014 and Debora Lasure of Stanford received the honor in 2013.

McKee has been active in a number of community service projects, including assisting with free health screens at the Kentucky Special Olympics and fundraising for the Polar Plunge. She has coordinated fundraisers for the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association. On campus, she has served as vice-president, secretary and treasurer of the SCC Student Government Association and was named the recipient of Physical Therapy Student Organizations Outstanding Student Award for 2014. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honorary and was an SCC Student Ambassador.

Active within the APTA, McKee has attended the past two APTA National Student Conclaves and participated in the PTA programs 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 was a mentor to students interested in a career in physical therapy in the programs Camp Jump Start.

McKee was nominated for the award by Program Director Ron Meade, who describes Ms. McKee as hard working, compassionate and respectful of others. The nomination was supported by program faculty members Dr. Steve Hammons, PT and Claudette Prather, PTA and by program students Jami Vaughn and Kristy Hyden.

McKee is the daughter of Jamie Davis of Somerset and Katina Davis of Whitley City. She is expected to graduate from the PTA Program in May, 2015.

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