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Three Black Hills State University physical education majors will be recognized this spring at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention.

Russell Reed, senior from Rapid City; Shannon Hellman, senior from Rapid City; and Kalin Engle, senior from Newcastle, Wyo., received the Outstanding Major of the Year Award by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE); a national professional organization within the AAHPERD. The students were nominated by their faculty for demonstrating exceptional performance in the classroom, field experiences, and experiential learning within the community.

“Sandy Klarenbeek and I feel that each of these students is ‘career ready’ with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to begin contributing to a K-12 school system,” said Dr. Betsy Silva, associate education professor and chair of the Division of Physical Education and Health at BHSU. Klarenbeek is an instructor in the College of Education at BHSU.

To qualify students must be juniors or seniors working towards a degree in physical education, kinesiology, sports management, exercise science, fitness/wellness, athletic training, or other closely related major. A minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) is required and the student must have a minimum of two years of service to the school or community during their undergraduate career.

Kristin Engle, a 2010 BHSU graduate, and Silva will also be presenting a national juried poster session at the national conference. The presentation, titled “Pre-School Student Perceptions Of Fit Vs. Fat PE Teacher,” was developed on behalf of the senior physical education methods and evaluation course.