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WKU’s Carter elected to Golden Key Council; 2 students honored

Ami Carter, Coordinator for Academic Advising and Retention for the Honors College at WKU, has been elected Vice President of Golden Key International Honour Society’s International Leadership Council. She will serve on the Council for a three-year term.

Ami Carter

Ami Carter

In addition, a recent WKU graduate and a current student have been honored by the Society.

The International Leadership Council oversees the academic integrity of the Society, approves institutions for chartering of chapters and oversees all chapter activity for Golden Key members. The ILC serves as an advisory body to the Board of Directors and International Staff regarding chapter-related and member-related programs and initiatives of the Society.

“Serving as the WKU Golden Key Advisor has allowed me to work with some of this institution’s best students,” Carter said. “The impact the WKU Golden Key members strive to make on this community each year is remarkable, and every year they continue to impress me with their philanthropic mindset and their work ethic. The support the WKU chapter receives from Golden Key in resources and scholarships is unmatched by the other honor societies.”

The WKU Golden Key Chapter has earned gold status, the highest status Golden Key awards to its chapters, every year since 2010. Carter has been the WKU Golden Key Chapter advisor for the past two years. Each year sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students in the top 15 percent of their classes are recruited by Golden Key. These scholars have an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of WKU Golden Key philanthropies and apply for over $1 million in national scholarships annually.

Elaine Flynn

Elaine Flynn

Elaine Flynn, a 2013 graduate from DeMossville, was named the 2013 Student Leader of the Year, and has qualified to compete for the Golden Key International Student of the Year award.

“Golden Key has given me the opportunity to shine through leadership and service,” Flynn said. “The WKU Golden Key Chapter was a chance for me to give back to my campus and to the community while working with other dedicated students. Being involved on the officer team that brought the WKU chapter from inactive to Gold status has been a meaningful experience that I am proud to have been a part of.”

Flynn attended the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and graduated from WKU cum laude, earning a bachelor of science in geology. Flynn is continuing her education at Washington University in St. Louis working toward her doctorate in earth and planetary sciences.

Hayley Hilbert

Hayley Hilbert

Hayley Hilbert of Louisville was awarded a Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship. Hilbert is a junior majoring in International Affairs. She studied abroad at Harlaxton in Grantham, England.

About Golden Key: Founded in 1977, Golden Key International Honour Society is a global collegiate honor society established to recognize college students for academic excellence. While membership in Golden Key begins with academic excellence, the Society’s core mission is to enable members to realize their potential through three pillars: academics, leadership, and service. The Society, comprised of more than 2 million members, has more than 400 campus-based chapters in eight countries: Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, The Bahamas and the United States.

Contact: Ami Carter, (270) 745-2816.

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