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David Cook Honored with Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Contact: Jeff Murphy
 WARRENSBURG, MO (May 7, 2009) – In a year filled with exceptional achievements in the music industry, David Cook has added the University of Central Missouri Outstanding Recent Alumni Award to a growing collection of awards.

David Cook and Margaret Herron

David Cook, right, receives the UCM Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from Margaret Herron, center, and Becky Klein.

Cook received the award from Margaret Herron, president of the UCM Alumni Association, and Becky Klein, association vice president, after he performed in a sold-out concert at the university April 28. The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award recognizes any alumnus/a whose endeavors in business, professional, civic, and philanthropic organizations, or performing arts, public service, volunteer, political or similar activities are worthy of recognition and have brought honor to the university. To be eligible, an individual must have graduated from UCM within the past 10 years.

This award recognizes Cook’s outstanding achievement since receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in graphic arts technology management, an academic program in UCM’s College of Science and Technology, in 2006. For many years, he performed in bands locally and in communities near his hometown of Blue Springs before his musical journey took him to the nationally televised American Idol stage. He not only won the competition in 2008 but set a record for most public votes for an Idol contestant.

His successful entry into the national music scene at age 25 led to a record-breaking 14 debuts on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs survey. Eleven of his songs also made the Hot 100 list, the highest number of new entries ever, and the second-highest number of simultaneous hits since the Beatles in 1964. His song, Time of My Life, entered the Hot 100 at No. 3, became the highest debuting title of 2008 and went platinum in 2009.
His visit to UCM in April was part of a nationwide tour that took him to college and university campuses across the U.S.