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Cumberland College Presents Prestigious Berger Awards

Each year Cumberland College honors two outstanding members of the graduating class with the Berger Award. This award is presented to those students who have exhibited sound academic achievement combined with superior leadership and service to the college community and the larger community as a whole.

Mandy Webb, Monticello, Ky., and Steven DeGeorge, Loudon, Tenn., are the recipients of this year’s 2005 Berger Award.

“I am so grateful and honored to receive this award,” remarked Webb. “Serving and leading others has always been very important to me, and I plan to continue to use my talents to do so in the future. I appreciate being recognized for my achievements, though just being given the opportunity to serve has been its own reward every day.”

Webb is the daughter of Coy and Cathy Webb and graduated summa cum laude with a double major in English and theatre arts. She has been president of the theatre honor society Alpha Psi Omega, vice president of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, and a member of the J.T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society for seniors and Alpha Lambda Delta honor society for freshmen. Her 4.0 cumulative GPA earned her recognition in the National Dean’s List and Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

A missions family group leader for the Baptist Student Union, Webb has served on several mission trips across the United States, to Poland twice, and plans to return to Brazil for the second time in July. She has also been an active member of the Cumberland College Theatre and has been a section leader in the marching and concert bands. She has been an employee of the college’s Office of Public Information for three years.

After graduation, Webb plans to attend graduate school where she will pursue a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language.

DeGeorge, the son of Steve and Betsy DeGeorge, is a social work major who graduated magna cum laude after maintaining a 3.88 cumulative GPA. He has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has served as a church music leader for three years. DeGeorge has also been a STAR in the Insights program at Cumberland and has worked for administrative and alumni services for four years.

DeGeorge is the captain of the men’s soccer team, has been recognized as most valuable player and best teammate, and was a member of the All-Conference team.

After graduation, DeGeorge plans to attend graduate school.

Cumberland College would like to congratulate Webb and DeGeorge for their outstanding commitment to leadership, service, and academic pursuits.