Highest Honor

Joe Herber capped his prestigious WVU career with the school's highest student honor.

Eight of West Virginia University's top graduating seniors were awarded the Order of Augusta, WVU's most prestigious student honor, during the Weekend of Honors Convocation Friday night (April 21) in the Mountainlair ballrooms. Herber, one of the linchpins of WVU's basketball revival, was one of the recipients.

The WVU Foundation established the Order of Augusta in 1995 to recognize a highly select group of students based on their superior scholarship, demonstrated leadership and record of community and public service. A private, nonprofit corporation, the foundation generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of the University.

In addition to Herber, the 2006 recipients include Jennifer Audia of Salem; Daniel Carrier of Morgantown; Christopher Deskins of Pineville; John Estep of Sistersville; George Parish of Masontown, Pa.; Tracey Safcsak of Wheeling; and Tiffany Taylor of Clarksburg.

"The Order of Augusta is the most significant honor a West Virginia University senior can attain," WVU Foundation President F. Duke Perry said. "During their undergraduate years, these remarkable students have demonstrated the University's highest ideals through their hard work and contributions to the campus community."

WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. presented each of the honorees with the Augusta medallion. In addition, each student's name will be engraved on a plaque.

The Order of Augusta was so named for its historical significance in the state. Augusta was among the original names considered by the Legislature when the state seceded from Virginia in 1863. Also, the District of Augusta was the original name for a large area in what is now the northern region of West Virginia, including Monongalia County.

Recipients of the Order of Augusta are selected from 30 WVU Foundation Outstanding Seniors also recognized Friday for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service.

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