Student Spotlight: Kyle Kuenn | ECTC

Student Spotlight: Kyle Kuenn

Published on Sep 28, 2021

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Automotive Technology student and former North Hardin High School JROTC captain Kyle Kuenn stands out among his peers as a civic minded, service-oriented leader who serves as the college’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter president.  

He chose ECTC because of its affordability, close-to-home location and a recommendation from his former JROTC instructor, he said.

“ECTC has been a great place for me to start and expand my horizons,” said Kuenn. “Being able to serve with PTK has given me the opportunity to grow in leadership, academics, scholarship, fellowship and service to our community.”

PTK faculty advisor Kevin Parrett said Kuenn is a one-of-a-kind student and deserves to be recognized for his efforts.

“Kyle is from our automotive program, which is unique because most of our honor society students tend to be pursuing a transfer degree,” said Parrett. “He’s done such a great job locally and even earned the title of Kentucky Region Co-President of over 20 chapters in the state, which is incredible.”

Kuenn is only the third ECTC student in the college’s history to serve as a Kentucky Region President for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Additionally, he recently led ECTC’s Alpha Lambda Delta chapter of PTK to receive an Honors in Action grant, funded by the Mellon Foundation, in the amount of $1,000 — a first at ECTC in 35-plus years.  

This grant was awarded to continue the work Kuenn and the rest of the chapter has done in developing the new Bluegrass Honor Trail located behind the Collier Library at ECTC.

“Kyle has shown great leadership motivating students through the process of making this trail a reality,” said Parrett. “Eventually the trail will be added to the All-Trails app for community members to enjoy.”

As he looks toward the future, Kuenn hopes to keep making an impact wherever he goes, he said.