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LHU takes top honors at state convention 3rd year in a row

HPE Awards
PSAHPERD award recipient is shown with Lock Haven University health and physical education faculty and administration. Back row from left, are Dr. Brett Everhart, professor; and Dr. Kyoko Amano, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education. Front row from left, are Dr. Kim Everhart, associate professor; Dr. Donna Wilson, provost and executive vice president; Alexis Hahn-Kline, student award winner; Robert Pignatello, LHU president; Dr. Paul Ballat, department chair; and Michelle Eaton, associate professor.

Once again, a Lock Haven University student received top honors at the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD) state convention, held November 8-10 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, Pa.

LHU health and physical education senior, Alexis Hahn-Kline, of Beavertown, Pa., won the Outstanding Future Professional Award at the convention, making her the third LHU student in a row to win this award.

The PSAHPERD offers each professional preparation institution in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania an opportunity to select one student, currently enrolled in his or her final year of undergraduate education to receive an Outstanding Future Professional Award from the association. Award recipients must be members of PSAHPERD and enrolled in any of the sub disciplines of health, physical education, recreation or dance.

Hahn-Kline, representing LHU, competed against other students from colleges and universities across the state. Student representatives submitted written accounts of their qualifications and participated in interviews during the convention.

“I was truly shocked and blown away that I was chosen for this award out of the other candidates that were present from other schools,” Hahn-Kline said. “It was humbling to be chosen as the best among the candidates. As a student in (the health and physical education) program at LHU, I feel as though I have been fully equipped and prepared with a toolbox full of tips and secrets that will prove to be beneficial in my future career.”

“Our faculty and staff are extremely proud of all of our health and physical education majors,” said Dr. Paul Ballat, chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education. “Alexis deserves the accolades she earned through her hard work and dedication in her education and to our teaching profession. This is the third year in a row that an LHU HPE major has been named Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Future Professional. I feel fortunate working with students that are so committed to excellence.”

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Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

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