Clarksville resident receives top baccalaureate award
December 18, 2000
Today, a Clarksville man received the William McClure Drane Award during winter Commencement ceremonies at Austin Peay State University.
Michael Wall received the prestigious award, which is conferred each Commencement to the top baccalaureate graduate as chosen by the faculty on the bases of character, scholarship, leadership and service to the University.
The son of Carl and Sue Wall, Clarksville, Wall entered Austin Peay as a member of the President's Emerging Leaders Program, maintaining his scholarship in that unique leadership program throughout college. He also received the Academic Honors Scholarship and was a Dean's List Scholar, graduating magna cum laude.
A political science major, Wall was president of the Student Government Association, president of Circle K International Student Organization, vice president of the College Republicans and a member of the Mock Trial Team. He served on the Tennessee Board of Regents Council of Student Presidents. He was a Governors Ambassador, orientation leader and vice president of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
Among his honors and awards, he was named Student Affairs Outstanding Greek Leader and Student Affairs Outstanding Student Leader. He was a member of several honor societies, including Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta, Pi Sigma Alpha (political science), Laurel Wreath and Gamma Beta Phi.
Because of his initiative and intelligence, Wall was selected to serve as a summer intern in U.S. Rep. Ed Bryant's Washington, D.C. office. He also interned with the Clarksville firm of Batson, Nolan, Brice, Harvey & Williamson, Attorneys at Law.
Wall has been involved in community activities. Following the January 1999 tornado that devastated APSU's campus, Wall volunteered in Operation Green, as well as Plant the Town Red. He worked with Bowl for Kids Sake, Christmas Help-an-Elf and GHOST, a safe, on-campus Halloween “trick or treat” for community children.
He worked a summer in an Inner-city Sports Outreach Program in Baltimore and Detroit. He has been a coach for First Baptist Church's grades 5 and 6 boys' basketball, and he volunteered for Saint Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis, during SigEp Philanthropy Week.
Dr. David Kanervo, professor of political science and pre-law adviser, said, “Michael is most deserving of this award. He has played a major role in student government at Austin Peay and, through his service on a variety of University committees, has had significant input into decision-making on behalf of student interests. Michael has worked hard to make Austin Peay a better place.”
Wall, who will work as an intern in Tenn. Rep. Tommy Head's Nashville office after graduation, plans to attend law school next fall.