The late Everett Derryberry, who served as Tennessee TechÕs president for 34 years, established this annual award upon his retirement. DerryberryÕs criteria called for the award to be given "to a senior who has exhibited scholastic attainment arising out of moral intellectual integrity; successful campus activity where participation indicates a commitment to good citizenship, interest in oneÕs fellow person, and instincts for leadership; and physical vigor as shown by fondness for and success in sports."
"It is such an honor for me to be chosen as the Derryberry Award recipient," said Case. "Throughout my undergraduate career at Tech, I have been fortunate to receive the guidance of many employees here. In addition to all others who have impacted my development at this university, I would like to express my gratitude to the faculty and staff of the history and foreign languages departments for their dedication to the success of all students. No matter where I find myself in the future -- in the U.S. or abroad -- I will always recall their input that has allowed me to reach my personal goals."
Case, the son of Karen and Steve Case, is a graduate of Cookeville High School. He maintained a 4.0 grade point average at Tech and received several scholarships, including the University Academic Scholarship, Freshman Eagle Scout Scholarship, Cumberland Plateau Regional Science Fair Scholarship, Educational Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship, David Lloyd and Shirley Mae Gehman Scholarship, and the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.
In recognition of his academic accomplishments, he received several memberships into honor societies, including Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta and Alpha Mu Gamma.
Case was very active on campus. He was a member and committee chairperson of the Spanish Club, TTU Merit Badge University Assistant Merit Badge Counselor, Student Environmental Action Coalition member, and TTU Academic Bowl Team member.
Case studied abroad twice for extended periods of time. In the summer and fall semesters of 1998, he studied in Monterrey, Mexico. In fall 1999 and spring 2000, he studied in Madrid, Spain.
In sports, Case was a member of the TTU Soccer Club, Intramural Indoor Soccer League and Intramural Softball League in Monterrey, Mexico, as well as Ultimate Frisbee. His interests also include hiking, caving and African and Latin dancing.
His volunteer activities include being an English tutor in Spain, Mexico and TTU. He also tutored Spanish and was an assistant merit badge counselor for the TTU Merit Badge University, Citizenship in the World Merit Badge.
He worked as an English/Spanish interpreter at Perdue Farms Inc. in Monterey, Tenn., and as a faculty assistant at the TTU foreign language lab. His co-op assignment was at Siebi Automotive as an English/Spanish interpreter and translator.
The Derryberry award selection process involves soliciting campus nominations from every department, school, college and administrative division as well as from Student Government Association Executive Officers.Other finalists for this yearÕs Derryberry Award were Anna LaBar of Cookeville, John Langford of Hendersonville, Joe Whiteaker of Crossville, Larry Wassom of Mt. Juliet, Amy Brown of Morristown, James Lindsay of Maryville and John Warmath of Jackson.