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Burkesville's Chris Garland wins essay competition

By Dave Cazalet, Jr.
News from Somerset Community College

Chris Garland, a student currently enrolled in first-year studies in the Somerset Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program, has been named the winner of a statewide essay competition and the recipient of a $500 scholarship to attend the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Federal Advocacy Forum in Alexandria, Virginia, in April.

Garland, of Burkesville in Cumberland County, submitted the winning essay in the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association's (KPTA) Advocacy Essay Competition and will represent Kentucky at the Forum, designed to open doors to future leaders within the physical therapy profession. The contest was open to physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students from the programs from across the commonwealth.

In her essay, Garland discussed the importance of advocacy and educating elected officials about the role of the physical therapy profession and cited examples of personal achievements and professional accomplishments throughout her life.

Garland, who also holds a BS Degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi University for Women, serves as president of her class and is an active member of the APTA. She serves as a student liaison and is a co-coordinator for the program's participation in the Miami-Marquette Challenge, a national fundraiser for physical therapy research. She has twice been published in the APTA national student newsletter, the Student Assembly Pulse, and recently attended the KPTA's Advocacy Day in Frankfort.

Garland is well known in her hometown of Burkesville as a member of the Burkesville Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the City of Burkesville Board of Ethics. She devotes time to many charitable causes, including the Kentucky Special Olympics and the March of Dimes. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honorary and is scheduled to graduate from the SCC PTA Program in May, 2011.

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Chris Garland, Burkesville, KY, wins

2010-03-23 - Burkesville, Cumberland Co., KY - Photo from Somerset Community College. Chris Garland of Burkesville, KY a first year Physical Therapy Assistant student at Somerset Community College, submitted the winning entry in the Kentucky Physical Therapy Associations Advocacy Essay Competition. As a result, she won a $500 scholarship and will represent Kentucky and SCC at the Federal Advocacy Forum in Virginia in April.
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