(Peru, NE) - The commitment and dedication of future Physical and Health Educators were celebrated at the 2023 SHAPE Nebraska State Conference.  Four exceptional Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) majors from Peru State College were honored with "Major of the Year" awards. 

Garrison Dodge (Oakland, NE), Emilee Burck (Beatrice, NE), Marquis Griffin (Johnson City, TN), and Alexis Wittwer (Salem, NE) are the exceptional awardees in Physical and Health Education. Their unwavering commitment to innovative practices and deep understanding of pedagogy have earned them the attention and accolades of peers and mentors alike. They have demonstrated exceptional promise, passion, and academic excellence in their pursuit of becoming future leaders in the field.

The SHAPE Nebraska State Conference, known for its commitment to advancing physical education, health, recreation, and dance, provided a platform to acknowledge these individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the field.

"These four individuals exemplify the dedication, passion, and drive that is necessary to excel in the field of Physical and Health Education," remarked Dr. Lynott Associate Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Peru State College. "Their commitment to the profession and their innovative approaches to teaching and promoting health and physical well-being are truly commendable."

The "Major of the Year" award is a testament to the exceptional caliber of students within the PHETE program and Peru State College School of Education. The awardees expressed their gratitude for the recognition, emphasizing their commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of students through their future roles as educators.

"I am honored to receive this award and am grateful for the opportunities provided by the PHETE program," said Emilee Burck. "I am committed to utilizing this recognition as motivation to continue advocating for the importance of physical and health education in shaping the lives of our future generations."

The acknowledgment of these four outstanding individuals underscores the dedication and quality of education within the Peru State College School of Education and highlights their potential to make a significant difference in the lives of students.

This article was contributed by Dr. Frank Lynott, Associate Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.