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McCracken County resident Stacie Brasher has been selected West Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges Student Affairs Student of the Month for February. Brasher is ecstatic about being chosen. WOWwhat an honor, what a journey, she said. I accept this honor on behalf of all the non-traditional students who understand, now more than ever, the importance of a higher education.

The Student of the Month program is designed to recognize the accomplishments of students on campus. Individuals selected must be currently enrolled at WKCTC and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and are nominated on the basis of exceptional performance, personal attributes, academic excellence, and active participation in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Brasher is a sophomore studying office systems technology-medical administration. She has served as the President of Phi Beta Lambda for the past two years. Brasher has been involved in fundraising opportunities for Gunners Magic Train Foundation, which raises money for pediatric cancer research, and the Salvation Army Angel Tree. She currently serves as the student representative for the office systems technology medical information technology advisory committee.

Brasher has endured many obstacles in her life yet has been very successful in her college career. Her son, Justin, was born with a heart defect, which he succumbed to at the age of 8. Brasher was part of the colleges 2010 Heart Walk team for the American Heart Association. Her story and dedication to the team was an inspiration to us all, said WKCTC Heart Walk co-captain Tammy Thompson.

Brasher has been involved in all these activities while maintaining a 3.9333 GPA and according to the WKCTC faculty and staff that nominated her, Stacie pays attention and goes above and beyond in effort. She is diligent in her studies and always strives to do her best in her coursework. I consider it a privilege to attend WKCTC where I will upgrade my skills for workforce re-entry and earn an associates degree, Brasher said.

Student of the Month winners receive $100, a certificate of excellence, recognition in the colleges newsletter, Facebook page, campus announcements, and Web site.