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By SARAH BEACH
The Trimble Banner Intern
Not only is Trimble County High School 2012 graduate Hannah Davis the first in Trimble County to receive the Singletary Scholarship to the University of Kentucky, she is the first in her family to attend college.
The Singletary Scholarship covers tuition and room and board. It also provides her with a free iPad 2, a $2,000 stipend for Study Abroad and a $1,500 yearly stipend of spending money.
Hannah, who graduated this past May, is studying biology in order to be a pharmacist. At first, she considered pediatric oncology, but decided pharmacology would be a “better choice” for her.
However, she would still like to be a pharmacist at children’s hospital, if possible, because helping children has always been something that is important to her.
In Hannah’s church, she volunteered her time in children’s church, nursery and youth group. She said this taught her the importance of benefiting others and about the “satisfaction of helping someone.”
According to her mother, Nikki Davis, Hannah has always loved children. Once, when her mother asked if it would be hard to see so many sick and injured children, she told her mother, “Mom, if I could help just one child, all of my work is going to be worth it.”
Not only is Hannah committed to helping others, she has always been committed to doing her very best in school.
“I’d always wanted to go to college on a full ride and be top of my class,” she said.
She has always set “really high goals,” and not achieving them was not an option.
One of these goals was to speak at graduation. Hannah served as the president of her class all four years while at school, so she was able to address her classmates at commencement as the senior class president.
The most important part of her speech, according to Hannah, was that “no matter what situation you come to face, God always has your back.”
She also said that it “meant a lot” to her that her classmates chose her for this honor.
Another of her goals was to be able to graduate at the head of her class. In order to do this, she took the hardest classes she could, including six Advanced Placement courses, most of which were online.
These classes included psychology, microeconomics and the second level of calculus. She was one of only two students to take this level, and she skipped the first level in order to do so.
She said that biology was her hardest class, but she still enjoyed it and was not in anyway deterred from majoring in it in college.
In high school Hannah was involved in basketball, softball and cross country. Her mother said she often took her computer to games in order to complete her online work on time. “Ever since grade school, she was one of those over-achievers,” her mother said.
Currently, Hannah is at a four-week medical program at UK, where she is shadowing medical personnel at a hospital. She said that the program is meant to give students a “feel for every aspect” of the medical field, so they can get an idea of what they want to do.
Hannah said that she has “always wanted to go to UK.” She also applied to the University of Louisville and Centre College, but UK was her first choice. She is the first in her family to go to college, and her family was “very supportive” in her studies.
Hannah said her greatest influence is her Aunt Paige. Hannah’s middle name is Paige, and even though she passed away several years ago, she was the “smartest person I’ve met in my life,” Hannah said.
The Singletary Scholarship requires an interview, which Hannah said was “laid-back” and not intimidating at all.
Hannah is one of 51 Singletary Scholars this year, according to UK’s website.
“Being from a small school pushed me harder,” she said, explaining that it made it more of a challenge to take the classes she needed.
Hannah’s mother said that Hannah is a student who “challenges herself academically at all times,” but most importantly, “always (has) a smile on her face,” and knows “exactly what she wanted out of life.” She always stayed positive and enjoyed life, her mother said.
“She’s done everything on her own,” Hannah’s father, Rob Davis, said. “She’s a beautiful person, inside and out.”