Lock Haven, Pa- Two Lock Haven University students recently received top honors at the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation & Dance convention, held December 1st – 4th at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, PA. Seniors Breanna Grove and Shane Miller received the Outstanding Future Professional Award and Violet Baumgardner Memorial Scholarship, respectively.
The Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD) offers each professional preparation institution in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania an opportunity to select one student, currently enrolled in his/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.
Grove represented LHU and competed against representatives from numerous colleges and universities across the state with professional preparation programs in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and/or Dance. Students submitted written accounts of their qualifications and participated in interviews during the PSAHPERD convention. As the winner of the Outstanding Future Professional Award, Grove will represent PSAHPERD at the Eastern District Convention to be held in conjunction with SHAPE America’s convention in Boston, MA, in mid-March.
Of the award, Grove said, “As educators, it is important that we work to be encouraging and enthusiastic about learning and ready to make a lasting impact on the hearts of our students. I am honored to have been selected for this award knowing this is what others see in me. I hope I can come back ten years from now and have each and every one of my professors say they are proud of where I have gone.”
Student Shane Miller served as LHU’s representative vying for the Violet Baumgardner Scholarship Award. The scholarship is typically awarded to three top students representing Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and/or Dance professional preparation programs from across the state in $700, $500, and $300 increments. Following review of students’ written accounts and final interviews the committee selected Miller as one of three scholarship recipients. Based on the quality of this year’s representatives, the committee decided to award the top three candidates with $1,000 scholarships.
The increased award was an honor for Miller, who said, “LHU’s Health & Physical Education department has offered the best support I could ask for. Without their help and preparation, achieving this goal wouldn't be possible; because of LHU, becoming a Health & Physical Education teacher has been an extremely rewarding process. It is such a privilege to have won the Violet Baumgardner Scholarship.”
Chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education, Dr. Paul Ballat said, “Our faculty and staff are extremely proud of our state-wide award recipients who have earned these accolades through their hard work and dedication to the teaching profession.”
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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