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Amanda Newsome

Amanda Newsome

Name: Amanda Leigh-Ann Newsome

Nickname: Ms. Newsome

County: Floyd

Favorite Book: Holy Bible KJV

Favorite TV Show: Dance Moms

Favorite Film: The Avengers

UK Clubs/Organizations: Secretary of Sigma Alpha Lambda, Robinson Ambassador, Executive Administrative Assistant for the Robinson Scholars Program

Brief Bio:

In high school, I was actively involved in volleyball, track, and captain of the dance team.  I served as President of the Beta Club, Vice-President of the National Honors Society, and Secretary of my senior class.  I also participated in Science Olympiad, PEP Club, the Nature Club, Big Sandy Idol, and the TAG Program.  On top of ongoing sports, club activities, and maintaining a 4.0 GPA, I held a part-time (20 hour week) job as a cashier at a local grocery store.  My senior year, I decided to take 15 hours of college classes on top of my regular classes and graduated as Salutatorian of my Senior class of 2011.

When I came to college, I knew exactly what I wanted to do...or so I thought.  I had every intention on becoming a pharmacist, but that wasn't where my heart was.  Through volunteering at the Kentucky Children's Hospital and at elementary schools back home, I knew whole-heartedly that I was meant to be a teacher.  My current, and permanent, major is elementary education and I am working on a minor in psychology. 

While I have been at the University of Kentucky, I have participated in FUSION where I volunteered at the Kentucky Horse Park, volunteered at the Catholic Action Center, and baked dinner for families at the Ronald McDonald House multiple times.  Since I have switched my major to elementary education, I have made the dean's List every semester.  I was recently accepted into the Teacher Education Program, so I now begin my true journey to my future career.  I also was invited to join the Honors Fraternity Sigma Alpha Lambda, where I am now currently serving as Secretary.

As for work, I am currently the Executive Administrative Assistant for the Robinson Scholars Program, a peer mentor for the program, a Robinson Ambassador, camp counselor, and I am also working under President Capilouto as an assistant in the Main Building.

Finally, my greatest and most important accomplishment: On July 27, 2012, I gave my life to the Lord and was baptized on August 12, 2012.  I attend church at the Garrett Church of God where I participate in the Youth group, Drama team, sing/play guitar/piano for the youth band, and the Women's Ministry.  I can honestly say that I have had no greater joy or peace.  God has truly blessed me with a wonderful family, amazing friends and roommates, and this scholarship.