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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Spotlight

    Nov. 8, 2015

    Northwest students to receive MOAHPERD recognition

    By Tiona McKinney, media relations assistant

    Three Northwest Missouri State University students will be honored this week at the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MOAHPERD) state convention for their demonstration of excellence in health and wellness fields.

    Seth Rulon, Cale Korbeik and Jeannie Schleip will receive the Outstanding Student Major Award. They will be honored at the state convention Saturday, Nov. 14, at Lake Ozark, Mo.

    “It’s an honor for our students to be recognized alongside their counterparts at Missouri colleges and universities,” Dr. Matthew Symonds, director of Northwest’s School of Health Science and Wellness, said. “It reflects well on their focus on student success and professional preparation to be involved in a quality professional organization during their time as a student. Our hope is that each of them continues to be professionally engaged throughout their careers.”

    Rulon, a senior physical education major from Weston, Mo., said he is honored to receive the recognition. He aspires to become a physical education teacher and eventually a vice principal or athletic director.

    “I think that it is a testament to the faculty of the School of Heath Science and Wellness at Northwest and all of the time and hard work they put in to molding their students into the best future professionals possible,” Rulon said. “They push us to do and be our best, and this awards shows that.”

    Korbeik is a senior physical education major from Omaha, Neb., and he has participated in the Northwest football and track and field programs. He has hopes of becoming a college track coach.

    “I am grateful that they picked me out of many students who deserve accolades,” Korbeik said of being nominated for the award. “This brings me more motivation to do well in my schoolwork and make sure I don’t let the faculty down in any way.”

    Schleip is a junior therapeutic recreation major from Sidney, Iowa. Schleip said she draws inspiration from her battle with rheumatoid arthritis since being diagnosed at age 6. She wants to combine her experiences with her passion for horses in her career.

    “I feel honored and thankful that the staff in the School of Health Science and Wellness selected me,” Schleip said. “I am excited to network with fellow recreation majors from Missouri and hear about their career aspirations and achievements.”

    Majors from all Missouri institutions that are members of MOAHPERD are eligible for the award. Students must have attained junior status, have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher, and have demonstrated outstanding potential as a future professional.

    MOAHPERD is open to professionals and students in health, physical education, recreation, dance and related fields. Its mission is to support, encourage and provide assistance to promote programs in health, leisure and movement related activities for the enrichment of human life.

    Symonds is an active member of Missouri AHPERD and serves as the organization’s treasurer. He was president of Missouri AHPERD from 2008 until 2011.

    For more information about MOAHPERD visit

    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468