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Kentucky Collegians Day Brings Top High School Seniors to Campus

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2013) — Top high school seniors from across the Bluegrass state and around the country can now call themselves “Kentucky Collegians.”

The UK Office of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar will honor 250 students from 14 different states for their academic success today, Monday, Nov. 4, at the annual Kentucky Collegians event.

“Kentucky Collegians honors top prospective students who have excelled in and outside of the classroom. They represent the best and brightest across the Commonwealth and the nation,” said Don Witt, associate provost for enrollment management.

Not only are these scholars being recognized, they are given the opportunity to explore and experience all that UK has to offer.

“Each year we are proud to invite some of the top scholars from around the state of Kentucky and beyond to recognize them for the outstanding academic achievements they have made by naming them a Kentucky Collegian,” said Stephen Barnett, senior associate director of admission and associate registrar. “At the same time, we use this opportunity to showcase all of our dynamic academic programs by including campus and college tours, time to meet with faculty, staff and students and to hear from some of UK’s amazing representatives.”

Witt said, “Students have the opportunity to tour campus, learn about the 200+ academic majors, and numerous areas that set UK apart – Undergraduate Research, Honors, Education Abroad…just to name a few!”

Later that night at a reception on the front lawn of the Main Building, students will hear from President Eli Capilouto and Vice President for Student Affairs Robert Mock, followed by dinner in the Grand Ballroom and the Kentucky Collegians Day Ceremony hosted by Witt.

“I am proud of these students because they have worked very hard in their high schools and communities, and Kentucky Collegians helps to not only recognize but to also thank these students for their contributions," Witt said. "In turn, these students can continue to build on their accomplishments at the University of Kentucky.”

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