HPW Majors Successful at State Convention
Trinity CommunicationsDecember 05, 2012
Seven Trinity students from the Human Performance and Wellness (HPW) Program successfully competed at the Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) convention on Nov. 15 and 16 in St. Charles, Illinois. Junior PE major Becky Suiter, senior HPW major Alex Winfield, and junior PE major Allison Micucci competed against seven other schools in the IAHPERD Jeopardy competition. The Jeopardy competition is a knowledge contest in physical education, recreation and sport. Trinity finished in second place and qualified for finals. At finals, Trinity won with a score of 94, beating opponents by 13 points and 46 points.
At the convention, senior PE major Jenna Depa and Micucci were awarded IAHPERD scholarships along with three students from Concordia University and one student from Northern Illinois University. This is the first time that any Trinity student has been awarded one of these scholarships. To be considered for this scholarship, one must have solid academic achievement, impact school community, be involved in community outreach and exceed in the physical education field with certifications, internships and other accomplishments. Micucci was also awarded the Northeastern District of IAHPERD scholarshipat the end of October. She is the first TIU student to ever receive this scholarship.
Along with the competition and award ceremony, students attended several clinics and exhibits at the convention that were tailored to their major. Several of the clinics addressed topics like incorporating technology into a physical education setting, how to teach physical education in a classroom, and dance fitness programs.
Trinity has been bringing HPW majors to the convention for the past 10 years. According to Department of Human Performance and Wellness Chair Timothy Voss, Trinity has always competed evenly with the universities and colleges, but this was the first year they took first place. Trinity is usually the only Christian college in Illinois competing with the state universities. The Trinity students that competed were upper classmen who had taken most of the major coursework that prepared them to compete in the knowledge competition.