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Darcy Mascotti honored as the H.N. and Frances Berger Outstanding Female Graduate


Williamsburg, KY- On Saturday, May 10th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) presented senior Darcy Lynn Mascotti (Bellbrook, Ohio) with the H.N. and Frances Berger Outstanding Female Graduate Award during the annual commencement ceremony.

She is the daughter of Sharon Mascotti of Bellbrook, Ohio and Mitchell Mascotti of Lebanon, Ohio. She has a major in biology with minors in Spanish and missions and ministry. While at Cumberlands, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA, and she received the Spanish departmental award this year. She is a member of both the Beta Beta Beta, Biology, and Sigma Delta Phi, Spanish, honor societies. One professor noted that, “Darcy not only conveyed her mastery of the material, but also her enjoyment of the people she encountered. She was always friendly and personable.”

Darcy has been co-captain of the track and cross country teams for four years and was chosen as Most Valuable Runner for 3 years. In 2013, she and teammate, Danielle Hoop, received National NAIA Champion of Character awards after they volunteered to abdicate their first and second place standings so that first place standing could be given to a competitor who took a wrong turn on an improperly labeled course. She has also been named a National Athletic All-American and an Academic All-American multiple times. Darcy was recognized in 2012 with induction into UC’s J. T. Vallandingham Society, an honor extended to very few students each year. She has also been selected for Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Darcy is a state Certified Nursing Assistant who has volunteered for Hospice and at a camp for families with children who have disabilities. She has taken on carpentry in home building and renovation projects with Mountain Outreach. She has also worked as a biology lab technician and as a curator of the herbarium for several semesters. With her many achievements and personality, she has also represented University of the Cumberlands as a Campus Ambassador for the Admissions office. Darcy has been accepted to a Physician Assistant program and will begin classes this summer.

The H. N. and Frances Berger Awards have been given each year since 1988 to honor the outstanding male and the outstanding female student from the senior class who have demonstrated leadership in, and service to, the University community and the larger community as a whole as selected by the Senior Awards Committee from nominations by faculty, staff, students and alumni. Recipients must also demonstrate sound academic achievements.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten 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