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Edinboro senior Dustin Thomas to receive AAHPERD Major of the Year Award


Edinboro University senior Dustin Thomas of Broadview Heights, Ohio, has been selected by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) to receive the organization’s Major of the Year Award.

Thomas will formally receive the prize at the AAHPERD’s 2014 National Convention in St. Louis, Mo., on April 3.

“I am thrilled but not surprised. Dustin is an incredible student and ROTC cadet, a gifted athlete, and an outstanding person,” said Edinboro University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman. “This is a well-deserved national honor. In all of his roles, Dustin represents the University exceptionally well.  He makes us all proud.”

A Health and Physical Education major, teacher certification track, Thomas was the University’s 2013 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Fighting Scots Battalion Army ROTC, served as a Resident Assistant for three years, volunteered for four years at the Boston Marathon and reads to students at Edinboro Elementary School.

Thomas is a star member of the Edinboro track & field and cross country teams. In 2012, he was twice named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Champion Scholar for having the best GPA of all athletes competing in the PSAC championships in track & field in the spring and cross country in the fall.

Other accolades Thomas has collected include the ROTC Superior Cadet Award and the President’s Award for Service to the Community.

The AAHPERD Major of the Year Award honors exemplary students majoring in a health, physical education, recreation and/or dance field. Students are nominated by their faculty advisors and professors, and universities may only nominate one student. Nominees for the recognition must be a junior or senior student with have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in a health/physical education field.

The AAHPERD seeks to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport.