Name: Amanda Leigh-Ann Newsome
Nickname: Ms. Newsome
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
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.