Ashley Patterson named Outstanding Physical Education Major of the Year

February 24, 2004
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
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Ashley Patterson was recently named the Outstanding Physical Education Major of the Year from Maryville College by the National Association of Sport & Physical Education (NASPE).

Patterson, a 2000 graduate of Clinton High School and the daughter of Don and Sandy Patterson of Clinton, Tenn., will be honored, along with other award recipients from across the country, at a reception during the 119th annual convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), scheduled for this spring in New Orleans, La.

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding students majoring in physical education from colleges and universities that have professional preparation programs throughout the country. Only one student from each institution is recognized each year.

"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 Dr. Judith C. Young, AAHPERD vice president for programming. "Their recognition as outstanding physical education majors is a crowning glory of their college years and introduces them to the value of professional involvement."

While at Maryville College, Patterson has majored in health and physical education for teacher licensure and is currently student teaching in the Maryville City school system. She has been involved with the B-Healthy Blount County Home School Physical Education Program and held office in Kappa Delta Pi, an education honors society. In 2002, she was asked to present her research on the economic realities and costs of having a baby as a teenager at the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) state conference.

Additionally, Patterson finds time to gain valuable experience by working at Kids Central Pediatrics in Oak Ridge.

Dr. Danny Pierce, assistant professor of physical education, health and recreation at Maryville College, nominated Patterson for the award.

"Ashley has been the type of student who models all the qualities of an outstanding teacher," Pierce said. "She has a sound knowledge base with a continued curiosity to learn and a passion for promoting healthy lifestyles. As a scholar, her senior thesis on nutritional services in the schools was recently accepted into the Maryville College library collection."

Learn more about NASPE, the largest of AAHPERD's six national associations, at . A nonprofit membership organization of more than 25,000 professionals in the fitness and physical activity fields, NASPE is the only national association dedicated to strengthening basic knowledge about sport and physical education among professionals and the general public. Putting that knowledge into action in schools and communities across the nation is critical to improved academic performance, social reform and the health of individuals.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.