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Axon Named NASPE Major of the Year

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"Being designated one of NASPE's outstanding majors of the year means a great deal to me," said Axon. "It is such an honor. I worked diligently to get get good grades and contributed to the (Department of Health and Physical Education) as a much as possible. It felt a bit unreal when I found out that I was nominated for such a prestigious award. I owe much of the credit to my professors and Dr. (Annette) Holeyfield, who have helped me and guided me these past few years."Nominees for the NASPE outstanding major of the year award must meet the following criteria:

  • Current NASPE member (nominees who are not yet NASPE members, may still be nominated, as long as a membership form is submitted within one month of nomination)
  • Student should be on track towards a degree in one of the following: physical education, kinesiology, sport management, exercise science, fitness/wellness, athletic training or a closely related area.
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Service to school or community (three-to-five contributions) for a minimum of two years during undergraduate career
A native of Nixa, Mo., Axon received her award at the 2013 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Convention and Expo in Charlotte, N.C., April 23-27.
"Getting to go to the AAHPERD Convention and accept the award was a very memorable experience, and very fun," said Axon. "I was given several opportunities to meet leaders in the HPEWS community, including the NASPE president and representatives of other major organizations across the country. I also was able to attend several workshops, in which I learned a great deal, and was able to bring back new ideas for Arkansas Tech University to pass on to upcoming HPEWS majors. Our last day of the convention was spent touring the Carolina Panthers' NFL stadium. This opportunity confirmed my desire to become a physical therapist in the sports world."Axon has served as president of the Health, Physical Education and Wellness Science (HPEWS) Club and the University Commons/Stadium Suites Hall Government at Arkansas Tech. She also held the offices of vice president and secretary for the HPEWS Club.
A member of the Presidential Leadership Cabinet, Axon was also active in the Student Alumni Association, Student Activities Board and the Residence Hall Association. She worked as a resident assistant and was part of a group of Arkansas Tech students that volunteered at the 2012 Little Rockers Marathon. Axon earned a spot on the Dean’s List at Arkansas Tech in multiple semesters. Upon graduation from Arkansas Tech, Axon plans to attend graduate school and pursue a doctorate in physical therapy. Axon’s parents are Scott Axon and Suzanne Axon of Nixa, Mo. She will graduate from Arkansas Tech on Saturday, May 11, with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education.]]>