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Natasha Lerner '13 and Nate Reisinger '13 Win Decade Award

Juniors Matt Simpson and Victoria Mercer Recognized at May CSS Presentation

Natasha Lerner '13
Natasha Lerner '13
Nate Reisinger '11
Nate Reisinger '13

Matt Simpson '12
Matt Simpson '12

Victoria Mercer '12
Victoria Mercer '12
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The Decade Award was presented to two Washington and Lee University students, sophomores Natasha Lerner and Nate Reisinger, on Wednesday, May 4, in the Marketplace in Elrod Commons.

Juniors Matt Simpson and Victoria Mercer were recognized as the Celebrating Student Success (CSS) May recipients at during the ceremony.

The Decade Award is given to a rising junior who has shown involvement and leadership within the W&L academic and extracurricular communities and who has furthered discussions of women's issues on campus and beyond.

Lerner, from New York, N.Y., is majoring in global/international politics with minors in Women's and Gender Studies and the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability. She is a member of Hillel, the Student Recruitment Committee and Chi Omega sorority. She volunteers for Project Horizon, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing domestic, dating and sexual violence in the area, and is a University Big Sister.

Reisinger, from Urbana, Ohio, is a double major in philosophy and sociology with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. A Johnson Scholarship winner, Reisinger is a member of END IT, an organization committed to ending sexual assault at W&L; is an award-winning member of the Washington and Lee Mock Trial team; is the alumni relations liaison for GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) Equality Initiative; and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

CSS is an initiative sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs to celebrate the positive accomplishments of individuals and organizations at Washington and Lee University, especially students who are not typically recognized for the depth and breadth they add to our campus community.

Simpson, from Smyrna, Ga., is majoring in history and politics. He is the advisory board liaison for the 2012 Mock Convention, is a Johnson Scholar, is a member of the Residential Life Staff, and was a member of the Student Judicial Council (SJC) during his first and sophomore years. He was just elected as secretary of the SJC. Simpson also was a member of the First-Year Leadership Council and raised funds and demonstrated goalball (a sport for the visually impaired played across the U.S.) for the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (2004-2009).

Mercer, from Richmond, Va., is majoring in accounting and business administration. She is a member of the 2012 Mock Convention steering committee and a Mock Con social co-chair, a member of W&L's Women's Leadership Summit and vice president for operations for Kappa Delta sorority. As a first-year, she was secretary of the First Year Leadership Council and was on a Fancy Dress committee.

Simpson and Mercer were selected by the CSS Committee, which is composed of students, faculty and staff. Any member of the campus community can nominate a W&L student (online at

This was the last CSS presentation of the academic year with the student recognitions starting again next fall.