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Danielle Hoop Receives A.T. Siler Memorial Award at UC


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) presented Danielle Elizabeth Hoop (Owenton, KY) with the A.T. Siler Memorial Award during the 55th Annual Honors Day Sunday, April 27, 2014 in the Gatliff Chapel.

The A.T. Siler Award is awarded to a woman of the junior class who possesses the qualities which indicate the potential for outstanding contributions to her community as well as manifesting the best qualities of potential service to society. Each candidate must possess good academic standing and accords herself with the high moral standards of the University.

Hoop is the daughter of Gary and Patricia Hoop and is majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. She is a member of the cross country and track teams and, with Darcy Mascotti, received the 2013 NAIA National Collegiate Champions of Character award after abdicating first and second place in the Mid-South Conference Cross Country Championship for the sake of an athlete who took a wrong turn as a result of a mislabeled course. Danielle also received the 2013 Track Mid-South Conference Champion of Character award and was selected as the USA Track and Field Athlete of the Year for Kentucky.

She serves as co-captain of the track team and mentors others in track by volunteering at track meets for elementary and middle school students every spring. She has also volunteered with the Owen County Humane Society, served as a child care minister in her church, and distributed school supplies to disadvantaged children. On UC’s campus, she volunteers with Mountain Outreach and is also a sports writer and statistician for the Multimedia & Athletic Services Office.

After graduation, Danielle plans to enter the Physician Assistant (PA) program specializing in pediatrics.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit