BROOKINGS – South Dakota State University senior Trevor Watson received the SHAPE America Major of the Year Award at SHAPE America’s National Convention and Expo, held in Tampa, Florida, April 9-13.
Watson, a physical education teacher education major from Watertown, was one of approximately 100 undergraduate students recognized in the fields of health, physical education, recreation and dance.
“Trevor’s always been willing to do that little bit extra, especially when it comes to duties related to being a professional in this field,” said Tracy Nelson, a senior lecturer in the Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences. She coordinates the Physical Education Teacher Education Program. “He’s served on the state SHAPE S.D. board and attended state conferences and a regional conference. Trevor shows a commitment to the profession and is very passionate about it.”
Watson was surprised to receive the honor.
“Knowing I won proved that all of my hard work, time and effort paid off,” Watson said. “It was a total confidence booster, especially regarding my resume and my future with the career.
“I would advocate for anyone to become involved with SHAPE S.D. and SHAPE America without hesitation,” he continued. “I could argue that you take away more important things at those conferences than you do during your entire four years at college. It is such a great learning experience, and on top of the great learning experience, it is extremely fun. I have memories from the state, district and national conferences that I truly will not forget. You build relationships with people you would probably never meet had it not be for SHAPE. I am not a teacher yet, but I have zero doubt that I will be prepared for it when I do become a teacher, and I can credit SHAPE for a good part of that confidence.”
Watson attended the conference with Danielle Blanchette, Jacob Skogstad and graduate student Erin Ellinger. They delivered a presentation on student majors.
“The best part about my education at SDSU would have to be being a PETE major,” Watson said. “The environment that you are in is unbeatable. You are with a group of people learning together each and every day. They become your friends really quickly because you share the same goals and interests. It is easy to build a relationship with your professors, like Tracy Nelson and Jill VanDamme, and they actually care about you.”