A recent graduate of the Somerset Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program
has been named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) National
Physical Therapist Assistant Student of the Year Award for 2014. Briana Allen of Monticello
will receive the award at the APTA NEXT Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina this
June. This is the eighth year in a row that a SCC student has won the award. SCC graduates
who have won the award in the past include: Debbie Lasure of Stanford in 2013; Melissa
Keith of Columbia in 2012; Erin Green of Danville in 2011; Valarie Cooper of Jamestown
in 2010; Rod Edwards of Somerset in 2009; Bethany Gosser of Liberty in 2008; and Heather
Tuel of Somerset in 2007.
The criteria for the award include academic and clinical performance, community service
and contributions to the physical therapy profession. Her nomination was supported
by faculty members Ron Meade, Steve Hammons, and Claudette Prather and by Jeff Parmelee,
PT of Somerset.
Allen has been highly visible on SCCs campus and in her community. She served as president
of SCCs Martial Arts Club and Physical Therapy Student Organization and was an active
participant in SCCs Student Government Association. She had also served the college
as a student ambassador. She was the recipient of the prestigious John T. Smith Scholarship.
In addition, Allen volunteered for a number of community service projects and fundraisers,
including volunteering to assist with free health screenings at the Kentucky Special
Olympics, fundraising for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, and distributing information
about organ and tissue donation. She represented the college at the 2013 Kentucky
Mountain Laurel Festival as the colleges queen candidate. In 2014, Allen received
the APTA Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapys Outstanding Student Award in Las Vegas.
Briana has just been a joy to have in the classroom and to know as a person, states
program director Ron Meade. Without a doubt, if I owned a clinic, I would hire Briana.
She is kind, hard-working and conscientious and we are so proud of her many accomplishments.
Allen graduated from the SCC PTA Program in May. She is the daughter of Robert and
Michelle Allen of Monticello and has a brother, Andre. She has worked for the physical
therapy department at Wayne County Hospital in the past.
For more information about the SCC PTA Program, please contact the director of the
program at firstname.lastname@example.org