Jesse Cook named Outstanding Student of the Year

Jesse Cook

Jesse Cook (right) was recently recognized as the “E. William Noland Outstanding Student” for 2013 at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Presenting the award was Campus Provost Leonard Colelli, Ph.D.

Jesse Cook was recently named the “E. William Noland Outstanding Student” for 2013 at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. He was also recognized as a Whitemore/Gates Scholar with the inscription of his name on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall.

Cook is seeking a dual major in history and mathematics. He’s been named to the Provost’s List for all semesters that he’s attended Potomac State and is the recipient of the PROMISE Scholarship, the Lulu May Heskitt Scholarship, the Wardensville Community Scholarship, the East Hardy High School Scholarship and the Foundation for Rural Services Scholarship.

Cook has served as a senator with the Student Government Association and currently serves as the representative for the Advisory Council of Students. He is president of the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society, former president of Collegiate DECA and a member of the Queers & Allies Club. Cook has also served as a student tutor, a resident assistant for Reynolds Hall at the College, is enrolled in the Honors Program, and boasts a grade point average of 4.0.

Additionally, Cook has served as the Catamount (the College’s mascot) at various functions and events. He participates in community theater in Moorefield, W.Va. and attends the Lighthouse of Hope Church in Cumberland, Md.

Volunteer work includes the American Red Cross blood drives, Bowling for Hunger, Faith in Action Food Pantry, and assisting with the PSC Serves You Dance for the Disabled.

Furthermore, Cook placed first in the 2011 West Virginia State Bar “Righting a Wrong” video contest with his entry, ‘Funeral Protests’ and second place in 2010 with his entry of ‘Purple Heart.’

Cooks future plans include pursuing a bachelor’s degree in math at WVU, grad school and then teaching mathematics at the college level. He is the son of Glen and Sandra Cook of Lost River, W.Va.