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Motlow State student JuliAnna Dykes earns opportunity to start medical career early

JuliAnna Dykes

LYNCHBURG, TN (May 1, 2017) — If Motlow State Community College polled its students, faculty, and staff each year to name the most outstanding, highest achieving student, Tullahoma's JuliAnna Dykes would undoubtedly rank at or near the top for the 2016-17 academic year.

Dykes, a sophomore who will graduate May 6 and continue her studies at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga next year, capped off her outstanding career at Motlow State by earning an opportunity to attend the Summer Health Professions Program at the University of Louisville.

"The summer program will provide me the opportunity to study for the Medical College Admissions Test under real doctors in a controlled environment," said Dykes. "It is amazing for me to get this chance. Over 1,000 students throughout the world applied for a limited number of slots in 13 different universities in America.

"I would never have even thought I had a chance for the summer program opportunity without the support of Dr. Scott Cook and Dr. Stephen Guerin," she continued. "All my reference letters came from Motlow. They pushed me and I'm thankful for that. I applied to the summer program at three different universities and got accepted to all three. I chose Louisville because it was the closest to home."

The appointment to the program in Louisville is just the latest in a long list of outstanding accomplishments for Dykes this year at Motlow. In addition to being named Miss Motlow, she is the outgoing president of the Student Government Association, a 4.0 GPA Presidential Scholar, and was named the Student of the Year by the National Honors Council.

"I also want to mention faculty members Judith Russell and Janet Forde. Both of them, along with Dr. Cook and Dr. Guerin, helped me to believe that I was capable of achieving big things and they encouraged me to go after those things. I also want to give a shout out to my fellow Student Government Association officers. They really helped me grow as a person and helped me develop my leadership potential."

Dykes is a shining example of how top students can attend Motlow State and achieve great things. She used the Tennessee Promise to pay her tuition, and says it was without question the best decision for her.

"I weighed the pros and cons of staying home and attending Motlow or starting my college career at UTC," added Dykes. "I chose Motlow because family and community is very important to me and I wanted to stay close to home while I could.

"I owe some of my success to the Tennessee Promise, because without it I would have had to work more and would have had less opportunities to be involved in campus life," she added. "I'm pretty self-sufficient, so not having to pay tuition has helped me tremendously and I am extremely grateful."