Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Smith, Hamilton honored at Distinguished Alumni Reception

107 0026OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/29/2014) – Family, friends and Daviess County Public Schools administrators joined with the Foundation for Daviess County Public Schools Board of Directors Friday evening as this year’s two recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award were congratulated for their achievement.

Recognized for his more than 10 years of offering free eye exams to students in schools across the district, Daviess County High School class of 1989 graduate Dr. Robert Hamilton told SurfKY News that he was “a bit surprised”, and found it “very humbling” to learn he’d been chosen as this year’s Distinguished Alumni.

Hamilton said after completing college, he worked in Indiana for eight years, and credited his time there as the reason he began offering the eye care exams when he returned to Daviess County.

Hamilton said he first started the program at Whitesville Elementary, where his wife was working as a guidance counselor. At most schools, the eye care exams are offered to third grade students because they are at the age where they can tell if they have a vision problem, he said. Students who need additional eye testing or optometrist advice are identified in the free screening. Their names are given to the school administration so the children’s parents can be alerted about possible concerns.

107 0048

Receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award for Apollo High School was Gregory Dale Smith, a 1991 graduate who obtained his PhD from Duke University in chemistry in 2000.

Smith said he most appreciated the opportunity being named the award recipient presented him earlier in the day.

“The award itself is wonderful, but for me the real treat was getting to talk to bright young students,” Smith told SurfKY News, referring to a visit to Apollo High School he made earlier in the day. During his visit Friday morning, Smith had the chance to address the entire student body.

In accepting the award, Smith said his encouragement for other students was to always follow their passion.

“Following your passions … is something that’s been important in my life,” he said.

Smith said as much as the award was to recognize former graduates, it was also an acknowledgement of the people who helped shape the honoree’s life.

“This is really a celebration of those people, who have supported us through our lives,” he said as he took a moment to thank his parents, his wife and his family as well as the DCPS faculty and staff.

107 0046

Smith is the senior conservation scientist at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Conservation Science Laboratory. Smith said his chemistry degree allows him to work with the museum on a variety of tasks ranging from determining the authenticity of paintings to determining chemical analyses of artwork. He said the work he performs helps “preserve the cultural heritage” of art.

Dennis Beard
SurfKY News
SurfKY Photos/Dennis Beard

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
button classifieds

In Other News...

Altered Prescription Leads to Arrest

HENDERSON, Ky. (11/26/14) — According to a Henderson Police report, on Nov. 25, 2014, Jesse Cowan, 32, of Henderson… Read More

Niagara Canned Food Drive to Benefit the Salvation Army

HENDERSON, Ky. (11/25/14) — Niagara students are currently engaged in one of their most popular projects, the annual… Read More

Most Read This Week

November 21, 2014 6926

Man Accused of Assaulting Coach During Basketball…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
November 22, 2014 4633

One Injured in Two Vehicle Collision in Greenville

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Miria Thomas
November 21, 2014 4339

Crashing Dump Trucks in Work Zone Cause Pennyrile…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
November 21, 2014 3572

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
November 21, 2014 3370

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 21, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
November 21, 2014 2958

Swimming and Diving Closes Fall Season at Ohio…

in General Sports For All Sites by UK Athletics
November 24, 2014 2756

Two Charged for Possession of Meth After…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by MCSO/PIO Alex Piper
November 20, 2014 2611

Local Church Prepares for 'Return to Bethlehem'

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
November 21, 2014 2474

Kentucky Employers to Save About $112 million

in General News For All Sites by Cathy Lindsey
November 20, 2014 2455

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 20, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

November 25, 2014 2161

Madisonville Man Charged for Selling Cocaine

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 25, 2014 1933

Call for Help Results in Arrest for Possession of…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 25, 2014 1331

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 25, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
November 25, 2014 1235

Slow Cook a Turkey for a Tasty Thanksgiving Feast

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 25, 2014 1198

Protect Your Home When Traveling This Holiday…

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 24, 2014 1034

KSP Post 2 Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper S. C. Recke
November 25, 2014 1021

Muhlenberg Job Corps Recognizes Employee of the…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Karen Robinson
November 25, 2014 934

Construction Projects Suspended to Ease Holiday…

in General News For All Sites by Lisa Tolliver
November 25, 2014 828

Parking Committee 2015 Meeting Schedule

in Owensboro News by Beth Cecil
November 25, 2014 816

Bake Sale Held for Two Year-Old Burn Victim

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss