|From left to right: Dr. Jo Marshall, SCC President and CEO; Claudette Prather, PTA Program instructor; Dr. Tony Honeycutt, SCC Provost; Mike Moore; Dr. Ron Meade, PTA Program Director; and Johnna Atkinson-Bigelow, Communications professor.|
For the fourth time in the past five years, a Somerset Community College student has been named to the Coca-Cola New Century Scholars program. Mike Moore, a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program student from Campbellsville, was chosen as the top scoring student from Kentucky in 2012.
Moore is one of only 50 community college students from the United States, Canada
and Guam to be named a 2012 New Century Scholar. The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta
Kappa, and American Association of Community Colleges. More than 1,700 students were
nominated from more than 800 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades,
leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual
talents beyond the classroom.
As part of his recognition, Moore will receive a $2,000 scholarship, recognition at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention April 21-24, 2012 in Orlando, Florida and will be featured in the USA TODAY newspaper in April, AACC's Community College Times and Community College Journal and on Phi Theta Kappa's website.
According to Dr. Ron Meade, PTA program coordinator, Moore was an excellent choice for the award.
Mike has really been the ideal student, said Meade. He has excelled academically and has been very active in his community and within the physical therapy profession. He is the type of student every instructor hopes to have in the classroom.
According to Moore, who grew up in Columbia, he got mixed up with the wrong crowd during his early teenage years and was on a wrong path. He ended up dropping out of school before completing his high school diploma.
I was blessed enough afterward to have a pastor, who along with my mother, gave me discipline and tough love and helped me get on a good path, said Moore. A few years later I fell in love with my best friend and wife. After we married, I worked my way up in the manufacturing world, receiving seven promotions with one company and later moved on to another company to take a very challenging position.
Even though Moore had become successful and was a family man, he wasn't satisfied in the latter years.
I realized one day that work and the pressure of the position was consuming me, he said. It seemed I had no time to listen to my family and focus on God which are the most important things in life. I wasn't paying attention to the world around me and I wasn't happy at all.
Moore asked to step down from his management position and ultimately was laid off during the economic downturn. At that point, he decided to complete his GED and go back to school.
I always knew I wanted to help people and I really love health and fitness, he said. The PTA program was a natural fit for me.
SCC literally changed my life course, he said. I have time to hear birds sing and really listen when people talk again, everything looks brighter now. I wish everyone could experience this.
Moore and his wife Peggy reside in Campbellsville. In addition to the conference in Orlando, Moore will be be recognized at SCC's Honors Night and again at the KCTCS New Horizons Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, later this spring. He will graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in the PTA Program in May 2012.