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Tennessee Tech University senior nursing major Molly Heady was a finalist for the 2014 Derryberry Award, the university’s most prestigious student honor.

Heady, of Monterey, Tenn., received various awards for academic success and athletic abilities. She has received the TTU president’s award and has been on the dean’s list throughout her university career.

The award is presented annually to a graduating senior who has displayed moral and intellectual activity, campus involvement, good citizenship, leadership abilities and physical vigor.

Heady is the captain of the TTU women’s basketball team and was on the OVC Commissioners Honor Roll for three years. She also received the OVC Medal of Honor her freshman and sophomore years of college.

Part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team, Heady planned club meetings and helped serve the community. She has been the huddle leader at FCA’s leadership camp in Huntsville, Ala., for three years.

Heady has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, TTU’s freshman color run and the Cookeville Fall Fun Fest. She has also refereed games for the Jaycees basketball tournament and was the keynote speaker for the 2014 Upward Basketball Awards Banquet.

Heady has completed 720 nursing clinical hours and completed a Cookeville Regional Medical Center nursing externship. She worked co-op assignments at CRMC, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Heady is a graduate of Clarkrange High School. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Bill Heady.

Heady was one of two finalists for TTU’s Derryberry Award. TTU seniors Elissa McLerran and Meghan O’Donoghue won the award and Courtney Tucker was also a finalist.

McLerran, of Red Boiling Springs, is an agriculture major. The daughter of Tim and Laura McLerran, she is a graduate of Clay County High School.

O’Donoghue, of Talbott, is studying political science and French. Daughter of Conor and Susan O’Donoghue, she is a graduate of Morristown Hamblen High School West.

Tucker, of Hendersonville, is an accounting and music performance student. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Tucker, she graduated from Hendersonville High School.