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Chamber team member wins Kentucky Student Employee of the Year

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Pikeville, KY (April 6, 2020) – Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Communication Assistant Kennedy Garrett has been selected as the 2020 Kentucky Student Employee of the Year.

“The University of Pikeville was notified our student nominee for the Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY), Kennedy Garrett, won the Kentucky award with a prize of $75. This is a part of the national award held by the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) and the Midwest Association for Student Employment Administrators (MASEA),” said Sonia Smith, campus employment specialist at the University of Pikeville.

Garrett is a senior at the University of Pikeville, majoring in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting and management. She joined the Chamber team in August 2019 and has since helped the Chamber with the planning of the annual Hillbilly Days festival in Pikeville each spring, with processing and recording payments and data, and a number of other essential tasks.

“We are beyond grateful to have Kennedy as a member of our team,” said Josh Little, Southeast Kentucky Chamber director of operations. “Kennedy is a valued member of our staff. She is a wonderful employee and friend who always offers a warm smile and a positive attitude. We are proud of her accomplishments and want to congratulate her on being selected for this prestigious award.”

UPIKE supervisors submitted nominations based on criteria including communication, digital technology, professionalism, intercultural fluency, career management, leadership, and teamwork.
“Student employment at the University of Pikeville works to be relevant for the work students seek after UPIKE, connect with their academics and offer opportunities to grow professionally as well as prepare students for needed workplace skills,” said Smith. “We offer employment opportunities for students on campus as well as in the community, at no cost to organizations that meet the federal work study program criteria and are approved as work sites for UPike.” 

For more information on how your organization/department may become a part of the UPike Federal Work Study employment program, contact Sonia Smith

For more information about the Chamber’s members, visit the Chamber online at, or by phone at 606.432.5504.

The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is located at 178 College Street, Pikeville, and serves more than 500 businesses in eight Eastern Kentucky Counties: Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike. The Chamber’s mission is to be a resource for businesses in Southeast Kentucky that is committed to improving the regional economy.

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