Tennessee Tech University senior Courtney Tucker was a finalist for the 2014 Derryberry Award, the university’s most prestigious student honor.
Tucker, of Hendersonville, Tenn., is studying accounting and music performance and has received scholarships and recognition for her talents from various societies.
The award is presented to a graduating senior who has displayed moral and intellectual activity, campus involvement, good citizenship, leadership abilities and physical vigor.
For five years, Tucker has performed clarinet solos in nursing homes and helped with bingo nights and devotionals for the residents. She was a member of TTU’s Society of Clarinets for three years, and served as its president and treasurer for a semester each. In those roles, she helped to organize fundraising events, field trips and TTU’s Clarinet Day.
Tucker has participated in many instrumental ensembles at TTU, most notably playing clarinet and saxophone in the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. She was also a finalist for the Nashville Philharmonic Competition in spring 2010.
Not just musically inclined, Tucker is the reporter for Beta Alpha Psi, an international honors organization for information professionals.
Tucker is a member of various accounting organizations, including TTU’s accounting club and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She tutors students struggling with accounting classes.
Tucker’s interests in accounting and music inspired her to found TuckerClarinet Studio, a music business where she conducts private lessons, master classes, camps and honor bands. She also directed and choreographed a music video, inspired by Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” instructing people how to get through a job interview.
She was a CORE group leader at Collegeside Church of Christ for two years where she organized meetings and events. Tucker is also a Sonflower Leader at the same church, sharing her experiences and helping group members through difficult circumstances.
Tucker is a graduate of Hendersonville High School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Tucker.
Tucker was one of two finalists for TTU’s Derryberry Award. TTU seniors Elissa McLerran and Meghan O’Donoghue won the award and Molly Heady 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.
Heady, of Monterey, is a nursing student. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Heady, she graduated from Clarkrange High School.