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August Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Wooton Garrod, '01

August Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Wooton Garrod, '01

We begin our series of 2015-2016 Alumni Spotlights with Sarah Wooton Garrod, 2001 Honors Scholar.  Sarah graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in art history.  She received the Kerney Adams Award for Outstanding Senior in History in 2001.  Sarah’s Honors Thesis was titled “Mourning in Madison County: A Look at the Social Customs Surrounding Death from 1870-1920.” 

After leaving Eastern, Sarah received an M.A. in Public History (Museum Studies track) and a Certificate in Museum Management from the University of South Carolina.  In 2012, she completed a J.D. from the New York Law School.  There, she was one of four executive editors of the New York Law School Law Review from 2011-2012.  Additionally, she received several awards from the New York Law School Moot Court Association, including Best Advocate, National Team Moot Court Association, Order of the Barristers, Oral Argument Semi-Finalist, and Best Brief.  Sarah has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 2012. 

Currently, Sarah is a Government Reporting Specialist at the Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC)/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.  She works in the Legislative and Regulatory Implementation Office within the Legal Department.  She coordinates submissions to federal agencies regarding compliance with the Affordable Care Act and its implementing regulations.  In addition, Sarah supports the regulatory oversight of corporate implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 

Last spring, EKU’s Department of History awarded Sarah with the Dr. Charles D. Whitlock Distinguished History Alumni Award – Public History/Professions Category. 

Sarah is active in community service, including volunteering at the American Cancer Society, Anixter Center (services for individuals with disabilities), the Chicago Center for Disability and Elder Law, and “Wills for Heroes” – a Chicago Bar Association-sponsored event providing basic estate planning services for first responders.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, trail running, and camping with her husband, daughter, and stepson.  She especially enjoys hiking and camping in the Pacific Northwest.  Sarah also loves spending time with her parents, siblings, and extended family in Hyden, KY. 

Favorite Honors Memory:  “It is hard to name one memory!  The cultural trips and conferences were amazing experiences that I will never forget.  The New York trip stands out.  I will never forget how invigorating it felt to explore the city.  I left with the feeling that I would be back one day. And sure enough, I moved there for law school!  I also loved my honors classes and am grateful for my professors. 

Advice for Current Honors Students:  “Be open to new opportunities and participate in Honors Program events and activities.  Do not be afraid to engage with the outstanding professors – they are your top resource!  They want to see you succeed.  Embrace the smaller classes and the team-teaching approach.  You will be glad that you have already experienced this intense environment if you decide to go to graduate school.”


Interested in reading about more of our featured alumni?  Visit the Alumni Spotlight Archive!

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Published on August 03, 2015

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