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WVU Foundation announces Order of Augusta - top 8 WVU seniors

on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 08:00

Eight of West Virginia University's top graduating seniors will be awarded the Order of Augusta, WVU's most prestigious student honor, during WVU Commencement Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Coliseum.

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.

The 2007 recipients are Samuel Blatt of New Martinsville; Elizabeth Gebhard of Moon Township, Pa.; Rebecca McCauley of Morgantown; Tirzah Mills of Morgantown; Matthew Schessler of Charleston; Aaron Stonebraker of Ridgeley; Justin Stover of Maben; and Brandon Stump of Kingwood.

“The Order of Augusta is the most significant honor a WVU senior can attain,” said the WVU Foundation's Chairman of the Board and Interim President David Hamstead. “During their undergraduate years, these remarkable students have demonstrated the university's highest ideals through their hard work and contributions to the campus community. These exceptional students are our future, and the Foundation is proud to honor them.”