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Northington named 2009 Drane Award recipient

Michael Northington only attended Austin Peay State University for three years, but when he graduates this May 8, hell end his short college career by receiving one of the schools highest honors – the William McClure Drane Award.

The award, which was established in 1950 by Myrtle Drane and Maude Drane Buckner to honor their father, is given every year to a degree candidate chosen by the APSU faculty on the basis of character, scholarship, leadership and service to the University.
Michael Northington only attended Austin Peay State University for three years, but when he graduates this May 8, he'll end his short college career by receiving one of the school's highest honors — the William McClure Drane Award.

The award, which was established in 1950 by Myrtle Drane and Maude Drane Buckner to honor their father, is given every year to a degree candidate chosen by the APSU faculty on the basis of character, scholarship, leadership and service to the University.

That criteria pretty much sums up Northington during his time at APSU. In regards to character, he's done everything from tutoring at the APSU Academic Support Center to making calls to raise money for the Special Olympics to helping clean up Rotary Park.

His volunteering might have kept him busy, but that doesn't mean his grades suffered. He'll graduate with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 in May with a double major in mathematics and physics. There isn't enough room to list all his scholarships and academic accolades, but he is the recipient of the Austin Peay Academic Honors Scholarship, a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society and the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society and a member of the first place team at this year's Mathematical Association of America Southeastern Section Mathematics Jeopardy competition.

Northington also displayed his leadership skills while at APSU, serving as president of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and being on the APSU Student Non-Academic Grievance Committee.

He even found time to give back to the school, volunteering regularly to help clean up the campus and serving on the University's Gamma Beta Phi Service Honor Society.

For more information on Northington or the William McClure Drane Award, please contact Charles Booth at 931-221-7597 or at boothcw@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth