David DiVirgilio: NeW’s Gentleman of the Year

March 31, 2010 | NeW Staff

Congratulations to NeW’s Gentleman of the Year, David DiVirgilio!
David is sophomore at the University of Florida and a truly genuine gentleman.

An hour before voting ended on Facebook last night, his brother, sister, and friends rallied to bring David from behind. Steven Toal, a great gentleman nominated by NeW at King’s College, had the lead up until that point. Though the voting was neck-and-neck, David pulled ahead in end to win with 380 “likes.”

Stay tuned for more about NeW’s Gentleman of the Year, but for now you can read part of what David’s sister Melanie (a NeW alumna) had to say about him:

“The word ‘gentleman’ generally invokes many images. Most would admirably claim that a gentleman is someone who opens doors for others, carries a neighbor’s groceries, rescues cats from trees or speaks in a dashing and charming manner. While those actions maybe wonderful and even helpful, I am here to tell you that THAT is not what makes up a gentleman. The word gentleman is not simply about the outward appearance of chivalry, it is about the inner character of that man which ultimately spurs him to act in such a manner.

A true gentleman is genuine, loving, full of character and integrity. Finding a man like this is rare, but I am stoked to tell you they do exist! My little brother, David DiVirgilio, is that man. David is the most genuine person I have ever met. He is always honest and sincere, never pretentious or showy. When anyone asks how he is doing, he gives them a real answer. In turn, whenever he asks how someone else is doing he is engaged and listens intently. Unfortunately, I no longer live in the same city as my brother. However, at least once a week I can expect a phone call or text message from him asking me how I am doing. Now, really! Do you know of any other sophomore, college boy who would do that?? David is not just one to call, though, I also recently received a hand written note from him telling me how much he loves me and how I have impacted his life! Only a couple of weeks after that, my family went on a ski vacation and for the first time I was unable to join them. I was devastated. My family, of course, was bummed and called me a bunch, but David was the one who was thoughtful enough to send me 10 cookies from my FAVORITE cookie shop in Breckenridge!”

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