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WKCTC's November Student of the Month

Marshall County resident Matthew Petersen has been selected as West Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges Student Affairs Student of the Month for November.

"I didnt even know I had been nominated and I cant believe I won, said Petersen. And Im excited about being in the running for Student of the Year. It proves that hard work really does pay off.

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.

Petersen is a sophomore studying mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Paducah on the WKCTC campus. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa, the prestigious international honor society for students in two-year colleges and a student worker in the colleges advising center.

I was very impressed with the comments that faculty and staff made about Matthew, said Dr. Belinda Dalton-Russell, WKCTC vice president of student affairs. His nominators described him as enthusiastic, professional, and an exceptional role model that excels academically and socially. Many comments reflected Matthews positive and polite attitude when dealing with faculty, staff, students, and community members in the advising center, Dalton-Russell said. These attributes contribute to a helpful and supportive environment, attracting prospective students, student retention, and graduation, which speak volumes about his character and dedication, she added.

Student of the Month winners receive an award of excellence, recognition in the colleges newsletter, Facebook page, campus announcements, and web site. Winners also take home a $100 prize. This is all so great, said Petersen. And with it being so close to Christmas, this award couldnt have come at a better time.