Kelley Sizemore of Marion and Adia Mudd of Paducah were recognized as leaders in West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Future Educators Club at the college's recent Student Services Red Carpet Student Leader Celebration. The event recognized student leaders at for their exemplary leadership, dedication, and commitment to service.

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The University of Kentucky held its annual research showcase event which provides undergraduate students the opportunity to professionally present, perform or demonstrate their faculty-mentored research to faculty, staff, students and the general public.

Local students selected to participate in the UK Spring 2019 Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars were:

Anyia Jones of Fulton presented findings at the showcase in the form of a scientific poster titled, Impact of Autophagy in the Induction of Apoptosis of Cancer Cells in a 3D Culture System.

Rachel Cravens of Cadiz presented findings at the showcase in the form of a scientific poster titled, The Bromodomain Inhibitor JQ1 Blocks Axolotl Tail Regeneration.

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The Murray State University chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma international business honor society inducted 60 new members during its 42nd annual induction ceremony at the Curris Center. Lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is by invitation only. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student can receive in a business program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The top 7 percent of sophomores, top 10 percent of juniors, top 10 percent of seniors and top 20 percent of graduate students are invited for membership.

The following local students were inducted into the honor society:

Graduate inductees: Corey Austin of Mayfield, Hannah Barnett of Cadiz, Henry Cecil of Mayfield, Parul Trivedi of Murray, Chen Yang of Murray and Thi Phuong Thao Le of Murray.

Senior inductees: Haley Cowen of Murray, Maria Gembe of Paducah, Morgan Hopper of Princeton, Lily Swain of Murray and Colby Watson of Marion.

Junior inductees: Michaela Cochran of Murray, Autumn Tucker of Fulton, Chase Waters of Cadiz and Ty Weglarz of Paducah.

Sophomore inductees: Madison Bowlin of Metropolis, Illinois, John Brehmer of Dexter, Missouri, Bryce Chester of Murray, Jonathan Hilbrecht of Murray, Kaylee Lax of Murray, Joseph Eaton of Benton and Joshua Elliott of Calvert City.

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The following local residents were recently initiated at Murray State University into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society:

Cody Hayden of Bardwell, Rebekah Hogancamp of Barlow, Alexandria Fry of Benton, Jennifer Kotter of Benton, Tracy Miller of Benton, Christy Millay of Cadiz, Roger Skinner of Cadiz, Tara Jenneman of Cadiz, Elizabeth Wilson of Calvert City, Dominique Wood of Eddyville, Ashlyn Willett of Fancy Farm, David Kesler of Fredonia, Emily Green of Golconda, Illinois, Hoai Dang of Murray, Autumn Grace Anderson of Murray, Jared Hill of Murray, Jordyn Rowland of Murray, Katelyn Brinkmann of Murray, Madison Booth of Murray, Mohammed Eshki of Murray, Rachel McDonald of Murray, Thang Cao of Murray, Jennifer Greve of Paducah, Sydney Montgomery of Paducah, William Clayton II of Paducah, Lindsey Sharer of Paducah, Hannah Travis of Princeton, Melissa Quertermous of Salem, Moranda Johns of South Fulton, Tennessee, Megan Burleson of Sturgis and LorryBeth Wilson of Wickliffe.

These residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

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The following local students recently graduated from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg:

Amber Manoff of Paducah with a master of arts in education in Literacy Specialist P-12;

Michael Bremer of Metropolis, Illinois, with a bachelor of science in Business Administration;

Skyler Downs of Ledbetter with a bachelor of science in Communication Arts;

Yalonda Uzzle of Hickman with a bachelor of science in Early Elementary Education P-5;

Steven Duff of Murray with a master of arts in Professional Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling;

Louis Courtney of Marion with a master of arts in Teaching in P12 Physical Ed;

Damon Hall of Paducah with a master of arts in Education in Teacher Leader -- Mathematics;

Ashley Kirby of Mayfield with a master of arts in Education in Literacy Specialist P-12;

Daveda Gray of Paducah with a master of business administration in Business Administration; and

Andiamo White of Paducah with a master of business Administration in Business Administration.

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Skyler Downs of Paducah is the winner of the 2019 Gorman Jones Campus Leadership Award at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. Downs is the daughter of Robin Livesay of Paducah. She graduated with a double major in communication arts and Christian Ministry.

During her time at Cumberlands, Downs was involved in Baptist Campus Ministries and Appalachian Ministries, and held a Marketing and Communications work study in social media, in which she received the work-study excellence in work-ethic award. In addition, she worked at Chick-Fil-A on campus and was the star of several Marketing and Communication videos that have been utilized to promote the university.

While being active on campus, Skyler was also a dedicated member of Immanuel Baptist Church where she served as an Intern and participated in a mission trip to Brooklyn, New York.

Downs will be taking a position as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Lebanon Electric in Lebanon, Ohio.

About her time at Cumberlands, Downs had this to say, "The people of this place have prepared me for the rest of my life. I feel confident in being sent out in my career field as well as a more developed missionary of Jesus Christ!"

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Carlyn Childress of Paducah is one of 18 incoming students at Murray State University awarded the prestigious Presidential Fellowship, which includes full tuition, housing and meals for up to four years at the university. The recipients will be part of the university's Honors College, a community within Murray State that offers a unique honors curriculum, critical-thinking seminars and specialized programs and activities.

Students selected for the Presidential Fellowship complete a rigorous multi-step application process that includes multiple in-person interviews. During their time at Murray State, recipients of the fellowship are responsible for conducting extensive research projects and serving as leaders in the campus community.

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West Kentucky Community and Technical College cosmetology student Emily Owens of Ledbetter was recently presented with a check for a $500 scholarship from the Great Clips Great Scholarship Program. The program supports students pursuing a career in cosmetology by offering tuition assistance or tools to build their cosmetology tool kits. Jaime Wood, Great Clips local manager, presented the check and balloons to Owens.

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Trevecca Nazarene University closed the 2018-2019 academic year by recognizing student achievements. Jay Benard of Metropolis, Illinois, received the Promising Future in Education Award. Benard is pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemistry education at Trevecca.

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