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UJ student receives award: Minchello named Outstanding Health and Physical Education Major

University of James-town student Jonathan Minchella, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was honored as the university’s Outstanding Health and Physical Education Major of the Year at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Convention and Expo April 3 in St. Louis.

The award recognizes outstanding undergraduate students majoring in any health, physical education, recreation, dance, sport, kinesiology, exercise science or physical wellness related program at their college or university. All winners were nominated by their university and selected by AAHPERD to receive the honor. Colleges and universities can only nominate one student from each discipline to be recognized each year.

This year more than 150 students from around the country were honored at the Major of the Year Ceremony and Reception, which is sponsored by the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

“These young professionals will be the leaders of the future in improving educational programs and encouraging all Americans to make fitness and health a part of their daily lives,” said Gale Wiedow, AAHPERD president and interim dean of the College of Education at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. “Their recognition as outstanding majors in their university programs is a crowning glory of their college years and introduces them to the value of professional involvement.”

During his years at University of Jamestown, Minchella played baseball for the Jimmies, participated in the physical education teacher education program and taught in the physical education homeschool program. Minchella has also received multiple awards, including college fellow, Dakota Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete and Capital One Academic All-American. He has been named to the university’s dean’s list each year.