I am more than happy to announce that I am serving the Hindman Settlement School for a second summer. I will continue spreading the Settlement School’s ambitious education goals in the cradles of Appalachia as the School’s Communications Associate on the Advancement team.
I am continuing to pursue my bachelor’s of communications at the University of Kentucky as a rising senior this fall. However, I feel my last year is not a time for resting on my laurels. I became the risk manager of my fraternity, Sigma Pi, as sergeant-at-arms. I am still an avid member of both the Robinson’s Scholar program and an alumnus of the Governor’s Scholar Program. I still carry the scholarship, diligence, and persistence taught by both programs, applying what I had learned to my daily life. Regardless, for me, it was not enough. I strive to become more than just a passing name. Knowing that I had made great successes in the field of academics, I knew I needed to grow my community involvement. As a result, I began managing public relations for the University of Kentucky rocketry team, ensuring the prevalence of their program in disadvantaged areas. It was most recently that my hard work paid off in accolades and honors. I was recognized as a Kentucky Colonel; the highest honor that the Kentucky governor can bestow. I then continued my hard work until I got myself on the University of Kentucky Dean’s list, where I plan to stay until I graduate.
My time at the Settlement has enabled me to grow as a professional and a leader. The Settlement School that lit a fire under me to succeed and encouraged me to push past previous successes. Therefore, I only find it fitting to give back to the school as best I can, as well as, the community that sculpted me into the man I am today. It’s the least I could do.