Both of the Outstanding Seniors for 2013 came from the College of Arts and Sciences. Jessica Berberich, an English major from Olathe, Kan., and Austin Osborn, a biology major from Carl Junction, Mo., learned they had been selected Outstanding Senior Woman and Man for 2013 at the leadership banquet earlier in the spring.
Almost immediately, both Berberich and Osborn began working on a major task that goes along with the honor — preparing a graduation speech.
“We found out that we won on a Wednesday, and I starting putting together my speech that weekend,” Osborn said. “It’s a big responsibility to stand up there in front of so many people and represent the senior class. I wanted to make sure I gave myself the proper time to do it right.”
Berberich and Osborn touched on familiar themes in their addresses to their classmates.
“I really wanted to use my address to talk about the challenges our generation faces and how our time at PSU has prepared us to take on those challenges,” Berberich said.