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Hunter Selected 2017 AET Distinguished Senior

Horace Hunter

Mr. Horace Hunter has been named the 2017 Distinguished Senior for EKU's Department of Applied Engineering and Technology. He will be honored during a presentation in April at the Applied Engineering and Technology College to Careers Conference.

The student is selected based on superior academic achievement, excellent leadership, citizenship, character and services to EKU.

Hunter, from Lexington, Ky., will be graduating in May with his Bachelor’s in Aviation Professional Flight and a Minor in Aeorspace Management.

A Rodney Gross Sholar, Hunter has earned his private pilot’s license, instrument rating, multi-engine add-on, commercial certificate and certified flight instructor certificate, the latter of which qualifies him to teach private and commercial student pilots. He will soon add a “second-in-command-type rating” for two turbojets, which will allow him to fly as a co-pilot for two specific types of private jets. When he returns from his fall internships, he will obtain his instrument instructor’s certificate.

Highly recommended by his department chair, Dr. Tim Ross, said, "Horace is an outstanding young man who has a dream of becoming an airline pilot. He has worked feverishly to complete his degree program in less than four years. During that time, he not only progressed through his degree program, he also earned his Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating from the Federal Aviation Administration and became a student flight instructor in fall 2016." Ross continued, "...the drive Horace possesses has allowed him to graduate early and obtain two internships with Ward Kraft, Inc., and Textron, Inc. Horace reported to Ward Kraft in January and we have already received positive feedback (unsolicited) from the Chief Pilot, Tom Price. We are very proud of Horace and what he has not only accomplished in the classroom, but also the inroads he has already made into corporate aviation."

Glowing recommendation aside, Hunter is generous with his time. He is a volunteer pilot for the Young Eagles program, serves as the fundraising chair for Alpha Eta Rho, and has volunteered at Saint Joseph Hospital.

Congratulations to Horace Hunter on being selected as the 2017 distinguished senior representing the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology.

The department will also honor Mr. Russell Sells, who was selected as the AET departmental distinguished alum. In addition, recipients of scholarships and awards for the 2016-17 academic year will be recognized and honored for outstanding achievement.

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Published on March 24, 2017

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