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SCC student named Outstanding PTA 5th Consecutive year

Donald Glenn Trail III, Lexington, KY, is latest from Somerset Community College Physical Therapist Assistant program to be recognized. Past winners are Chris Garland, Burkesville, KY; Valarie Cooper, Jamestown; Barry Buchignani, Lexington; and Isaac Mills, Corbin, KY
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By Allison Horseman
News from Somerset Community College

Donald Glenn Trail III, a second-year Physical Therapist Assistant student at Somerset Community College, has been named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Orthopaedic Section's Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Student award for 2012.

Trail, of Lexington, will receive the award at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago in February. The criteria for the award include academic achievement, community service, membership in professional associations and participation in profession-related activities.

This is the fifth year in a row that a SCC student has won the award. SCC alumni who were recipients of the award include: Chris Garland, Burkesville; Valarie Cooper, Jamestown; Barry Buchignani, Lexington; and Isaac Mills, Corbin.

Trail is a graduate of Lexington Catholic High School and holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science Degree from Saint Louis University with a minor in psychology. He serves as vice-president of his class and of the SCC Physical Therapy Student Organization and, in these roles, has been highly visible on SCC's campus. He has been employed as a physical therapy technician at KORT Physical Therapy and at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in the past.

Active in his community, Trail has participated in many charitable projects. He has worked with children in many capacities, including coaching a little league baseball team and volunteering to assist with a flag football program for children with special needs. He serves as a peer mentor and tutor and has assisted with laboratory experiences for first-year physical therapist assistant students. He was recently featured in an inspirational story in the Lexington Herald-Leader that discussed healthy lifestyles and fitness, including a segment discussing Trail's personal story of transformation through a weight loss of 55 pounds.

Trail has been highly active within the American Physical Therapy Association. He holds membership in the Orthopaedic, Research, Sports Physical Therapy, Pediatric and Neurology Sections and participated in an educational brochure design competition hosted by the Section on Geriatrics. He has attended two national conferences and met with legislators and aides in Washington D.C. to advocate for physical therapy-related concerns. He has been published in the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association's Newsletter and in the APTA's national student newsletter, the Student Assembly Pulse. In addition, he has attended the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association's Fall Conference.

Trail was nominated for the award by Dr. Matthew Berry, PT.

"I feel that Glenn will make an excellent physical therapist assistant and would be honored to work aside him as a treating clinician," said Dr. Berry.

The nomination was supported by program faculty Dr. Ron Meade, PT and Dr. Steve Hammons, PT and by classmates Mike Moore and Josh Yancey.

Upon graduation, he plans to relocate to the central Florida area with his wife, Sarah Catherine Downs Trail. Ultimately, Trail plans to further his education and obtain a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree. He is the son of Don and Patti Trail of Lexington.

For more information about the SCC PTA Program, contact the program's director at

This story was posted on 2012-02-03 08:19:20
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