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Paducah's Gavin Posey Named WKCTC Student of the Month

Gavin PoseyGavin Posey of Paducah was recently named November Student of the Month at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Working diligently to be a positive role model for his fellow students, faculty, staff and community, Posey's dedication and commitment are some of the reasons why he was chosen for the Student of the Month honor.

Dr. Belinda Dalton-Russell, WKCTC's vice president of student development, said Gavin exhibits honesty, hard work, initiative, vision, compassion and campus and community commitment.

"He is responsible, respectful and always consistently excels academically and personally," said Dalton-Russell. "He is one of the most deserving and energizing students I have ever met and without question exemplifies why the Student of the Month award was created."

Posey said he didn't earn the recognition on his own.

"Being selected as Student of the Month is a great honor. It's no secret that all of my successes here at WKCTC are not done individually. As I've learned this semester, it takes a team to be successful," said the 20-year-old Posey, who is a 2016 McCracken County High School graduate and Community Scholarship recipient at WKCTC. "We, as students, are blessed to contribute to a culture of success here at WKCTC, and that shows by our repeated Top-10 Aspen nominations."

Posey serves as the Student Government Association (SGA) president, vice president of Phi Theta Kappa-Iota Eta Chapter, vice president of the film club, a student ambassador and is a graduate of the Paducah Youth L.E.A.D. program. He is also one of two students elected by their SGA peers to serve on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's (KCTCS) Board of Regents. Posey and Gateway Community and Technical College's student Ric Smith are currently serving a one-year terms on the board and as student body co-presidents through August 2018.

Pursuing both an associate in science and an associate in arts degree at WKCTC, Posey said attending the college has helped him develop into a stronger leader and individual.

"One of the things I've noticed most since beginning my higher education at WKCTC is how invested our school is to students' success. I see this every day, whether it's in the classroom or around campus. By placing yourself at WKCTC, as a student, as faculty, or as staff, you're making a commitment to achieve great things," said Posey. "By being selected as Student of the Month, I appreciate this recognition, and hope to serve as an example to others as what you can achieve through hard work and dedication."

Crediting his family for showing him the importance of hard work, Posey is part of a long line of family members to attend WKCTC. One of the Posey triplets - Gavin, his sister, Brooke, and his brother, Mason - all attend WKCTC and are continuing the family tradition of earning a college degree.

Their grandmother, Elaine Smith, graduated with a nursing degree from Paducah Community College (what's now WKCTC) in 1971 at the same time her father, Kenneth Blackburn, was taking classes there. Posey parents, Scott and Ashley, also attended classes at Paducah's college. Scott Posey plans to continue his education, joining the triplets at WKCTC this spring.