SKYCTC Students selected for KCTCS All-Academic Team


Versailles, Ky. – Kentucky’s top community and technical college students have been selected for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) 2021 All-Academic Team. Students from each of the 16 KCTCS colleges were chosen based on a rigorous selection process that focuses on academic performance and community service.

 Selected from Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College are Sarah Hayter and Sarah Downing.

Sarah Hayter is a Student Ambassador at SKYCTC and the Treasurer of the Student Government Association. She is also the Vice President and Student Government Representative of the SKYCTC chapters for both the Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society and the Phi Beta Lambda student and business organization. Since returning to school as a non-traditional adult student, Ms. Hayter has maintained a 4.0 GPA. Ms. Hayter is pursuing an AAS in Computer & Information Technologies, Information Security & Network Administration Tracks, and she is set to graduate this Spring. Following her education with the KCTCS school system, she plans to pursue a dual-major consisting of a BA in Information & Computer Sciences, Security Science Track, and a BA in Korean for Professionals from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

“I made the decision to pursue my Associate’s through SKYCTC when I learned of the Work Ready Kentucky scholarship,” says Hayter. “This scholarship allows Kentucky residents with a high school diploma or GED to pursue a degree without the added financial stress. I was able to complete all my courses through KCTCS without going into debt! I don’t know very many college graduates who can say the same thing! This school, in my opinion, is the perfect transition between high school and a four-year university.”

“I am so pleased to be recognized and honored with this award! I have enjoyed my education at SKYCTC, and I truly love this school. It has been such a wonderful experience for me, and I am happy that I have had a positive impact on others during my time here as well,” states Hayter.

Sarah Downing is completing her final semester at SKYCTC. She is currently working towards her Associates in Arts and will be transferring to WKU to attend this fall. Currently, she is working on her Teaching English as a Foreign Language or TEFL certification and will begin her individual tutoring this month.

Downing says she loves reading, crafts, gardening, and weaving, as well as traveling and playing video games with her little brother and father. She is hoping within the next few years to be teaching English as a Foreign Language overseas.

Downing says, “It was something I never had thought that I could achieve and having been able to reach it – it is spectacular! I want to thank those who reached out to me and honoring me with this award.”