MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University has named Kyle Britton and Rachel Huck as the Outstanding Seniors for spring 2020. Students recognized with this honor are known for going above and beyond what is expected of them academically and professionally.
Britton is the son of Mark and Wanda Britton of Springfield, Illinois. He will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in engineering physics (dual concentration in advanced physics and aerospace engineering) in May 2020.
“I remember walking out of the Curris Center carrying the box containing my very first semester’s books, still in that initial phase of trying to process and prepare for whatever college life would be,” Britton said. “It wasn’t a long walk ahead, but a campus security officer stopped, kindly introduced himself and gave me a ride back to my residential college in a golf cart. It was a small thing, but it impressed, excited and reassured me so much that someone would take the time to notice and help out a random freshman like me.
“Little did I know how that attitude of personal investment, kindness and care would appear again and again during my time at Murray State. From the after-hours life talks with professors to the late nights spent at Cookout with the squad and the heartfelt joyous and heavy prayers with close friends, I cannot emphasize enough the impact that these Murray-fostered relationships have had on my life.”
Britton, an Honors College student graduating with summa cum laude honors, has served on several committees and organizations across campus. He served as freshman and sophomore class representative for the Murray State Honors Student Council, where he additionally acted as vice president of the executive board in 2018. He has been the board’s treasurer since 2018 while also working with the organization’s fundraising committee his entire time as a Racer. Additionally, Britton has served as a student ambassador with the Honors College since fall 2018.
This semester’s Outstanding Senior Man has also been active within the Murray State Baptist Campus Ministry, where he has held numerous positions within the organization’s leadership team. Most recently, he has served as a community group leader, where he led Bible studies and community groups.
Britton has worked within the University’s Institute of Engineering since 2017, where he most recently served as a tutor. In 2019, he participated in a summer research program at Tel Aviv University in Israel, where he worked as an undergraduate research assistant in astrophysics.
After graduation, Britton will pursue a career in either the civilian or military aerospace industry.
“The uncertainty of tomorrow, next month, next year or the next decade is admittedly imposing, but it is also an opportunity to venture into the ‘great unknown’ in a way that would have been lost if everything had gone according to plan,” Britton said. “I feel that the people and lessons of Murray State have given me the tools and confidence to cultivate and grow something wonderful from what has suddenly become a field of even more unbridled, unfettered potential. Though it will be challenging, though it may not be anything like what I anticipated, I look forward to proving the preparation Murray State has bestowed by progressing into the next stage of life.”
Huck is the daughter of Daniel and Barbara Huck, and is from Owensboro, Kentucky. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting in May 2020.
“I am so grateful for my time here,” Huck said. “Murray State has allowed me to foster my interests and talents and expand my professional horizon by providing an environment where students have access to numerous resources but also have the benefit of personal investment by faculty and staff. I have felt free to be a part of any group and take advantage of every opportunity that crossed my path.
“Being a part of the legendary Racer Band, studying abroad in Prague, serving in leadership roles for Beta Alpha Psi and the Baptist Campus Ministry and of course, meeting my wonderful fiancé are some personal highlights from my four years here. I’m so glad I made Murray State my home, and I can’t imagine feeling more fulfilled or grateful.”
Huck, an Honors College student and Regents Scholar who will graduate summa cum laude, has been active in numerous organizations across campus. Within the accounting program, she has served as president of the Beta Alpha Psi Epsilon Nu chapter since 2019, where she has represented the University in working with partner organizations, area high schools and other outreach.
From 2018-19, she served as vice president for the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society, where she assisted with recruitment, presided over meetings and more.
Huck has also participated in the Baptist Campus Ministry, where she has served as community group leader and co-coordinator and freshman family group leader. Her resume also includes work as a University and Honors College student ambassador, a member of Racer Band and a participant in the Dean Dorton IGNITE student accounting program. Additionally, she is an active member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Huck’s work experience includes her most recent position as a tax intern with Jeremy White, CPA & Family Wealth Advisor in Paducah, Kentucky. She has also worked as a tax preparer for the University’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, where she prepared taxes for a number of clients.
Huck has received numerous awards for her work on campus. Most recently, she was named the Outstanding Junior in Accounting in 2019, while also receiving the Outstanding Sophomore in Accounting award in 2018. She was named the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Academic Sophomore in 2017. Huck studied abroad in Prague in summer 2018.
Upon graduation, Huck plans to obtain her CPA and work for an accounting firm in St. Louis.
“I will always be proud to call Murray State University my alma mater, and I owe so much to this institution,” Huck said. “As I reflect on all the memories and ways I have grown over these past few years, I also eagerly anticipate all that is to come post-graduation, and I’m sure my fellow graduates feel the same way. We are all graduating in a challenging, unprecedented season, but I am confident that we are well prepared to tackle anything that comes our way.”