Students Receive Outstanding Student Major Awards

Two William Woods University seniors recently were honored as outstanding students in their majors at the Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MOAHPERD) State Convention.

Andrew Bernal and Garrett Haslag were recognized as Major of the Year award winners Nov. 14 at the MOAHPERD convention at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.

Andrew Bernal
Andrew Bernal

Bernal of Northridge, California, was nominated in the Exercise Science category by Cindy Robb, assistant professor of athletic training. Haslag of Jefferson City, Missouri, was nominated in the Physical Education category by Tim Hanrahan, assistant professor of physical education.

“Andrew has been an outstanding student in the Exercise Science Program,” Robb said of Bernal. “He is always enthusiastic, ready to take on challenges and adds positivity to the classroom and beyond.”

Hanrahan said of Haslag, “Garrett has demonstrated throughout his career a desire to be not only a great physical educator, but a leader in schools. His drive and determination have allowed him the opportunity to do great things both inside and outside the classroom. This award is a bi-product of that hard work and dedication and I know Garrett will make The Woods community proud in both his upcoming student teaching and career.”

Both students were pleased to receive the honors.

“Receiving this honor, along with attending William Woods, has been a dream,” Bernal said. “Not only do I have bragging rights, but the privilege of working with some cool people and great instructors.”

Garrett Haslag
Garrett Haslag

Haslag said, “I am extremely grateful to receive such a great honor. I would not be in this position if it was not for William Woods University, and the guidance of Dr. Timothy Hanrahan. Both have enabled me to excel as a student and I am forever thankful for the opportunity.”

Following the lead of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, MOAHPERD presents an award each year to an Outstanding Future Professionals from colleges and universities in the state.

Colleges and universities in the state of Missouri offering undergraduate majors in physical education, health, recreation, dance, exercise science, sport science, kinesiology, or directly related fields are invited to identify for each of those programs an outstanding future professional for recognition by MOAHPERD.

The purpose of the program is to honor outstanding future professionals in the state and to focus attention on the work they have accomplished. This program provides an incentive for future professionals in Missouri’s colleges and universities to continue to strive for excellence in their professional preparation.