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Alumni Spotlight

We are highlighting our alumni so you may see where they are and what they are doing now. Check below to see if you recognize an old friend. If you are a graduate of the honors program, or know a graduate, and would like to submit news for the Alumni Spotlight section, please get in touch.
Taylor Gasser, Pre-Veterinary, 15

"I am pursing my degree in Veterinary Science in London, England. The Honors program not only inspired me to do my best in every aspect of my educational life but additionally gave me the courage to seek opportunities worldwide. Without the Honors program I never would have discovered the Royal Veterinary College here in London. Additionally I would never have seen the beautiful cities of Rome, Athens, Milan, Berlin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Vienna. This does not even include future plans for travel and cultural enlightenment. The support of Dr. Krummrich and all the honors staff was unconditional. The Honors program was more than a program but a family, and I owe a large portion of my success to them. When I finish my Veterinary program I plan to practice as an Emergency Clinician and hopefully pursue an Internal Medicine internship."

Danielle Myers, Biomedical Science, 15
I am currently a medical student at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. I was recently accepted into the prestigious honors program here at KYCOM. I will be finishing my first year of medical school soon and this summer I will be going on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. I am deeply involved in ACOPeds and hope to become a Pediatrician. I was recently elected as a class representative for our clinical courses and look forward to serving our class. The Morehead honors program was a great blessing. The honors program at MSU helped bring me out of my shell and nurture my strengths as a leader. Thanks to the honors program, I discovered how much I love traveling and helping others. The program gave me the opportunities I needed to succeed. I wouldn't be where I am today without it."
Yen Tran, Business, 15

"Currently, I am employed as a product analyst (credit risk management and advisory) with Goldman Sachs in Utah. Back when I was in high school, getting into an American university with a scholarship was a fancy dream. I could not believe that I received this scholarship; until now, my family and I still feel thankful for how lucky I was. Back then, I knew I would try my best but I would never dream of where I am at today. The idea of securing a job in a large investment bank by the beginning of my senior year was too big to even dream of. Without the scholarship, support, and guidance, I would not be in the position I am in now. I have gone so far that looking back is surreal to me. After four years, I have become a young professional with a focus in finance and economics, general knowledge of the society, American and international cultural experiences to be confident to walk into the real world. In four years in college, besides the knowledge, I was prepared with essential soft skills such as leadership, teamwork, critical thinking skills, to be competitive and successful in my future journey. Most importantly, I have developed some important relationships that will last beyond four years and will always be my backbone support; Morehead has become my second home to return to, and my professors and friends are my second family. I think I have made the best out of every minute I was here – I took all the opportunities that came my way and did my best in every situation. I am happy with all the decisions I have made, whether it was right or wrong, because it took me here today. The program has taken away financial burden to let me focus entirely on my education and career. I would not have achieved all my research/publication/conferences as well as internships/jobs without the Honors program."

Alex Davis, Criminology, 14
"My time in the honors program challenged me to reach above and beyond what is required to get a college degree and I'm a better person for that. I was able to learn more about history and cultures from various time periods than I ever would have just taking courses applying to my major. Dr. Krummrich was such a blessing to me during my time on campus as were other honors staff members. They helped me with any little thing I needed and were essentially my parents away from home. Their top priority was to see honors students succeed. Currently, I am employed as a security police officer at a nuclear facility in Piketon, Ohio. I could not have gotten this job without my degree. I have actually been in Livermore, California the past seven weeks getting some of the best hands-on training the country has to offer. I am also in the process of obtaining a Q clearance which is very difficult to come by as well. I could probably ramble on forever about what the honors program and the people who run it mean to me."

Kyle Hager, 12
Honors program graduate from Bath County, is working with the Cultural Ambassadors Program. He is currently working and living abroad for a year in Teruel, Spain.  He will return home in June, 2012.  His year abroad has opened up his world to a new perspective on life.  To read about his exciting adventures, go to his blog at


Sosha Pinson
Honors program graduate from Pikeville, Kentucky, had three poems, "Afterbirth," "Coal Miner's Daughter," and "Enlightenment" published in Sanctuary, the 2011 Arts Journal of the Southern Regional Honors Council. A copy of the journal can be obtained by emailing