FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2019
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Lincoln, Nebraska – For the second year in a row, Peru State College students have been recognized and awarded major of the year awards from the Society of Health and Physical Educators Nebraska (SHAPE NE). Dr. Frank Lynott, assistant professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, said, “These students not only represented Peru State College well, but due to their dedication and commitment to their fields of study will continue to be assets to the field of education and kinesiology.”
Melanie Slama (Auburn, NE) was named the Peru State College Health Educator Major of the Year.
Hannah Sexton (Sedalia, CO) was named both the SHAPE NE Physical Education Major of the Year and the Peru State College Physical Educator Major of the Year.
Julia Zurek (Louisville, NE) was named the SHAPE NE Kinesiology Major of the Year and the Peru State College Kinesiology Major of the Year.
Sexton and Zurek were also nominated for national majors of the year in their respected fields of study.
Interim Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Gina Bittner, adds, “It is a privilege to lead individuals in our Health and Physical Education/Kinesiology area as they understand their field, are involved at every level, and continue to represent themselves and the College with distinction.”
Sexton and Slama, with Lynott and Bittner, presented a session at the conference on the use of the inquiry-based learning model in physical education. Both Sexton and Slama reported that, despite being nervous about presenting to professional teachers, they felt Lynott and Bittner prepared them well and found being able to attend and participate in the SHAPE NE conference to be a rewarding and valuable experience.
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Thomas Veleba contributed to this release.