Central grad recognized for leadership

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Wins prestigious Georgetown award

By Kelly Richardson


By KELLY RICHARDSON krichardson@thenewsenterprise.com GEORGETOWNWhen Rachel Thomas puts “leadership skills” on any future resumés, she won’t be lying. She has a certificate to prove it. Thomas, a 2004 Central Hardin High School graduate, was named Outstanding Student Leader at Georgetown College. Dean of Students Todd Gambill called the award the Heisman Trophy of student leadership awards at Georgetown College. Thomas received the award at a student life honors award day at the end of April. She said she didn’t know she was nominated, only that she had won something at the ceremony. Thomas said it was nice to be recognized for her work at Georgetown. She said she hoped she had made a difference at the college, and this was an affirmation. “I feel like I have worked to make this campus better,” she said. Thomas has served as president of student government association in 2006, along with sophomore and senior class presidents. Thomas was on the student council at Central Hardin and wanted to be involved when she started college. “I’m used to doing something all the time,” she said. Thomas will graduate Saturday with a degree in biology and attend Pikeville College’s School of Osteopathic Medicine beginning in August. Thomas said she’s always been interested in science and she wants to be able to serve people. “For me, I feel like this is the best way that I can do that,” she said. To receive the award, Thomas first was nominated and then a committee of administrators chose two students from the nominees. Gambill was on the committee. “Rachel is really such a star,” he said. He said when Thomas is leading a project, it’s clear that it’s about the project and not recognition for her contribution. While Thomas didn’t know she was being honored, her parents, Michael and Celia, did. They and Thomas’ grandmother, Wanda, were on hand to see Thomas receive her award. “It was awesome they could be there,” she said. Kelly Richardson can be reached at (270) 505-1747.