Layer Recognized at Scholars Program

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Amanda Layer with Dr. Richard Neeley at the Convocation of Scholars

Amanda Layer, a 2009 graduate of Rector High School, was among those honored during the 2013 Convocation of Scholars program held by the Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions. Layer, the 21-year-old daughter of Sherry and Cam Cate and Robert and Regina Layer, received the prestigious Chancellor's Scholar Award for achieving the highest grade point average in Nursing and Health Professions with a 4.0.

"I was just so very surprised," Layer said. "The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a lot of very intelligent people, so I didn't expect it. I'm very thankful and honored to receive this award."

Layer will graduate May 29 with a Bachelor's in Communication Disorders. From there, she will enter grad school at ASU in order to become a speech language pathologist.

"The field combines the things I like to do," Layer said. "Through that, I can work with stroke patients and people with traumatic brain diseases or work with children in speech development. I've always been fascinated by science and through my involvement with theatre in high school saw just how important speech and communication truly is. I also enjoy helping people, so this combines all those into one field."

Layer is a naturally gifted student. In addition to the Chancellor's Scholar Award, she also received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student award for the Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders program and was a Program Scholar in Communication Disorders. Prior to her collegiate prowess, she was the valedictorian of her class at RHS.

"I like to say the Lord has blessed me," Layer said. "I've always been good at school, and I think that's more of a gift than a skill."

Layer has been active in the ASU Baptist Collegiate Ministry since her freshman year. As a senior, she served as president of the organization. She has also been a member of the Honors College Association. She attends Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Much like in her hometown of Rector, Layer has earned a reputation as an intelligent, dedicated young woman. These skills will continue to serve her well not only in her continued studies, but in all areas of life.

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