William Burke Best '13 received the President's Award for Overall Academic Excellence. Burke carries a grade point average of 4.0.
An Allan Scholar, Burke plays defense on the varsity lacrosse team and is Vice-Chairman of the President's Men and Treasurer of the social fraternity Kappa Sigma. He is a member of the honor societies Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership) and Chi Beta Phi (science) and is a member of the Pre-Health Society. Burke received the same award, the President's Award for Overall Academic Excellence, at Opening Convocation in August 2011. Other awards he has received include the H. B. Overcash Award, given to an exceptional premedical student, and the Sophomore Academic Excellence Award. He has already been accepted at Eastern Virginia Medical School. A biology major, Burke is a graduate of Norfolk Academy and is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Best of Virginia Beach.
A private college for men, Hampden-Sydney is ranked in the top tier of liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The College is known for its liberal arts curriculum, the Honor Code which stresses individual and collective responsibility, and a focus on the education of young men.