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Twelve Warner University students and one faculty member all from the Exercise and Sport Studies Department attended the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Florida Convention in Kissimmee, Florida from November 3 to November 5.

“It was such a great experience to learn about new methods and materials to use when teaching or coaching children in the work place,” said senior Kristen Wilder. “It was a very welcoming and positive atmosphere.”

Two students and the faculty member also received awards during the banquet ceremony.

Dr. Maureen Davin, Associate Professor of Exercise Science & Physical Education at Warner, received the Educational Leadership Award.

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Dr. Maureen Davin

“Dr. Davin has been an incredible mentor to me. She has such a big heart and is always looking to help others,” said Wilder. “Her being honored with this award was well deserved.”

Senior Colby Retkowski received the Student of the Year Award, which is given to a junior or senior majoring in Physical Education who displays outstanding scholarship and service to the school, community, and the profession.

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Colby Retkowski

“Colby is outgoing and energetic, and his enthusiasm has a great effect on his students’ learning and attitudes,” said Dr. Davin. “He is an outstanding physical educator who is a great role model for his students.”

Zachary Justis, also a senior, received the Katherine W. Montgomery Scholarship, which is given to a deserving undergraduate majoring in Physical Education.

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Zachary Justis

“Zach volunteers in the local public schools, is the manager of the men’s basketball team, and is on the worship team at the university,” said Dr. Davin. “He is an impressive physical educator who makes a positive impact in the lives of the children he works with.”

SHAPE Florida is part of the Southern District of the organization SHAPE America which was founded in 1885 and has become the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. It works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Active Schools, Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs, and Let’s Move!

Its mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport.