Taquila Hayes, a practical nursing education student at Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in Covington was named Outstanding Student of the Year for the Covington campus.
The announcement was made by Glenn Baker, local coordinator for the competition. Taquila was presented a plaque and check, provided by Patriot Bank, who sponsored the event. Taquila will now move on to complete in the regional competition to be held in January.
The objective of the program, according to Glenn Baker, is to recognize and reward excellence among the more than 30,000 students studying at Tennessee College of Applied Technology.
"To be considered for the Outstanding Student of the Year title, a student must be nominated by his or her instructor," explained Baker.
Nominees are screened and selected by committee. The committee members consider grades, character, attitude, leadership, career goals, attendance, personal goals and enthusiasm.
The selection committee determines the winner, who will compete at the regional-level with other College of Applied Technology winners.
The Tennessee Board of Regents, Office of Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology sponsors the Outstanding Student of the Year program statewide.
At the local level, the program is sponsored by Patriot Bank Covington in cooperation with officials at TCAT Covington.