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2013 Scholarship winners of the Challenge, High School, Minority, and Women's.

Challenge Scholarship

Tori Beaudette / California State University-Fullerton

2013 Challenge Beaudette

Tori Beaudette is a graduate student in the Kinesiology Department focusing on strength and conditioning at California State University (CSU)-Fullerton. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at California State University-San Bernardino. She is involved in numerous sport performance research studies, and has been an activity course instructor at CSU-Fullerton. Beaudette’s work as a performance specialist has allowed her to apply her academic and research knowledge. She wishes to continue research and teaching through a PhD program.

Haley Bergstrom / University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2013 Graduate Bergstrom

Haley Bergstrom is currently a doctoral student in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the direction of Dr. Terry Housh. Bergstrom received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Doane College and completed her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Bergstrom’s main research interests include the evaluation of cardiovascular, metabolic, neuromuscular, and perceptual responses during dynamic fatiguing exercise.

Aaron Burkhardt / East Tennessee State University

2013 Challenge Burkhardt

Aaron Burkhardt is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee, where he was also a biomechanics research internship under Dr. Songning Zhang. Burkhardt is currently pursuing his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from East Tennessee State University. Upon completion of his DPT degree in December of 2014, Burkhardt intends to use his background and skills to provide a wide range of services in the fields of both physical therapy and strength and conditioning.

Anthony Caiazzo / Western University

2013 Challenge Caiazzo

Anthony Caiazzo recently graduated from Western University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He is currently taking more courses in physiology to pursue a Master’s degree in Integrative Exercise Physiology with Strength and Conditioning Coaching the following September. He’s actively involved in many student volunteer areas such as in the Health and Exercise Psychology Lab, assisting the strength and conditioning coach for varsity athletes, and being part of Western University’s Kinesiology Student Council for three years. Caiazzo is a current student member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA), as well as actively pursuing his NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (CPT®) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®).

Kristen Cochrane / University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2013 Challenge Cochrane

Kristen Cochrane received a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Sciences from the University of California-Irvine in 2008 and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from California State University-Fullerton in 2012. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She is currently a doctoral student in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her main research interests include the evaluation of cardiovascular, neuromuscular, and perceptual responses during dynamic fatiguing exercise as well as the body composition and anthropometric patterns of young athletes.

Patrick Damrath / University of Houston-Clear Lake

2013 Challenge Damrath

Patrick Damrath is currently working on his Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness and Human Performance at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He has been active during researching studies with the Houston Dynamo Developmental League. He desires to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and enter physical therapy school immediately after earning his Bachelor’s degree. After obtaining his Doctor in Physical Therapy degree, he plans to teach and practice as a physical therapist and aid in the progression of rehabilitation sciences.

Timothy Dornemann / United States Sports Academy

2013 Challenge Dornemann

Timothy Dornemann is a doctoral student in Sports Management with an emphasis in Sport Fitness and Health at the United States Sports Academy. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Rockford College and his Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina (UNC). While at UNC, he was able to volunteer under Jeff Madden in the Athletic Strength and Conditioning Program at UNC. Dornemann has taught Exercise Science at Carroll University and serves on the United States Sports Academy’s National Faculty having completed international teaching assignments in Malaysia and Thailand. He has also performed strength and conditioning clinics in India and the Philippines through Sports Performance Sciences International.

Jun Hashiwaki / University of Connecticut

2013 Challenge Hashiwaki

Jun Hashiwaki is currently a second-year graduate student at the University of Connecticut, where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise Science. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University in Athletic Training. Hashiwaki’s current research interests are nutritional interventions for recovery, injury prevention, and movement screening. He has also been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 2007.

Nathaniel Jenkins / University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2013 Challenge Jenkins

Nathaniel Jenkins received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Messiah College in Grantham, PA in May 2011 and his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2013. He is currently a doctoral student under the mentorship of Dr. Joel Cramer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His current research interests include the non-invasive study of neuromuscular function and sports nutrition. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds both the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (CPT®) certifications with distinction through the NSCA.

Brian Kautz / Manchester University

2013 Challenge Kautz

Brian Kautz will graduate in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Manchester University in Fort Wayne, IN. He has recently completed a strength and conditioning internship at the University of Tulsa and is a three-year collegiate student-athlete at Manchester University playing forward for the men’s soccer team. Kautz was honored with the Indiana Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance’s 2013 Outstanding Student Award. 

Andrea Kozai / University of Wolverhampton

2013 Challenge Kozai

Andrea Kozai is a working on her Master of Science in Communication degree in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton-West Midlands, UK. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Dance at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and went on to dance professionally in New York City. Her undergraduate thesis compared plyometric and traditional strength training for dancers, and won the Student Research Award from the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. In her graduate studies, she is examining workload intensity during the working day of professional ballet dancers. Kozai’s professional interests lie in using strength and conditioning principles to improve performance and reduce injury in dance. She is the founder and owner of Virtuoso Fitness. 

Gerald Mangine / University of Central Florida

2013 Challenge Mangine

Gerald Mangine holds a Master’s degree in Physical Education from the College of New Jersey and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology at the University of Central Florida under Dr. Jay Hoffman. His main area of research focus is on sports science, including fitness and performance assessment of active adults and athletes.

Colleen Doyle Muñoz / University of Connecticut

2013 Challenge Munoz

Colleen Doyle Muñoz is a doctoral student in the department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut under the advisement of Dr. Carl Maresh and Dr. Elaine Lee. Muñoz earned her Master’s degree in Exercise Science from California State University-Fullerton (CSUF) in 2010, under the advisement of Dr. Daniel Judelson. In alignment with her research interests, Muñoz’s most recent research includes field- and laboratory-based studies examining physiological, perceptual, and behavioral considerations of exercise, thermal, and osmotic stress.

Ben Peterson / University of Minnesota

2013 Challenge Peterson

Ben Peterson is a doctoral candidate in the department of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. Peterson completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University (IL) in 2007, and earned his Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 2010. His research looks at repeated sprint ability in anaerobic athletes, specifically as it pertains to energy system efficiency and fatigue. He is also interested in power and rate of force development in athletes and their transferability to sport. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®).

Justin Roethlingshoefer / University of Louisville

2013 Challenge Roethlingshoefer

Justin Roethlingshoefer was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and came to the United States of America on a National College Athletics Association (NCAA) hockey scholarship in Massachusetts. Through his collegiate career he was introduced to many different ideologies of strength and conditioning through internships in the National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), NCAA, and Candian Football League (CFL). At the completion of his collegiate career, he took his passion for playing the game of hockey and applied it towards his passion for sport performance. Roethlingshoefer took a professional internship at the University of Louisville under Teena Murray and followed that up with his current position of Graduate Assistant at the University of Louisville. He is currently completing graduate work in Exercise Physiology. Roethlingshoefer has credentials as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC), Licenced Massage Therapist, Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Precision Nutrition, and USA Weightlifting (USAW) certifications and licenses. Upon completion of his Master’s degree he plans on pursuing a career in sport performance at the NHL or NCAA level, bettering athletes one day at a time.

Michael Scharville / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2013 Challenge Scharville

Michael Scharville is an Exercise Physiology graduate student at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He also completed his undergraduate degree at UNC in Exercise and Sport Science. Scharville received a teaching assistantship at UNC and is currently conducting research under the guidance of Dr. Eric Ryan. His research interests include muscle/tendon structure and function. After graduation, Scharville plans to continue doing research to improve sport performance and physical functioning.

John Shimenz / University of Wisconsin-River Falls

2013 Challenge Schimenz

John Schimenz is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has interned with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls strength and conditioning staffs. Upon graduating with a double major in Health and Human Performance-Exercise and Sport Science and Secondary Education-Mathematics, he will become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and pursue a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology. His career goal is to become the director of an athletic performance program at the high school or collegiate level so that he can serve future generations in their quests to achieve their athletic potentials.

Brook Skidmore / Western Washington University

2013 Challenge Skidmore

Brook Skidmore, MS, CSCS, ACSM-HFS received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education: Fitness and Wellness Management from Brigham Young University, and her Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies: Strength and Conditioning from Springfield College. Skidmore has worked as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, group fitness instructor, and instructor of physical education at a community college. Her research interests include circuit training, interval training, and programming for distance runners. She is currently seeking a Master of Arts degree in Sport Psychology from Western Washington University.

Ronald Snarr / Auburn University Montgomery

2013 Challenge Snarr

Ronald Snarr is a recent graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM), where he completed a Master’s degree in Exercise Science. At AUM, he was the lead graduate research assistant in the Human Performance Laboratory and has published several manuscripts on suspension training. Snarr has also interned as an athletic training/strength conditioning coach at Penn State University, as well as at AUM. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and has presented at multiple National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) National Conferences. His current research interests are in body composition and aerobic conditioning in collegiate female athletic populations.

Lynn Stogner-Tucker / United States Sports Academy

2013 Challenge Stogner-Tucker

Lynn Stogner-Tucker currently teaches sports medicine classes at a local high school, as well as coaching golf, bowling, and tennis. She recently earned her Master’s degree in Exercise Science from the United States Sports Academy and hopes to teach at the college level.

Alex Taray / Concordia University-St. Paul

2013 Challenge Taray

Alex Taray grew up in the very small town of Meadowlands, MN, and made his way to Concordia University-St. Paul to play football and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Currently Alex work at Impact Sports Training in Duluth, MN. He is pursuing his Graduate degree in Exercise Physiology at the College of St. Scholastica. He strives to give his athletes optimal and efficient training. It is also a personal goal to improve his own training on his journey to competitive powerlifting.

Patrick Tingle / Colby-Sawyer College

2013 Challenge Tingle

Patrick Tingle is a senior at Colby-Sawyer College (CSC) in New London, NH. He is studying Exercise Science with a focus in strength and conditioning and is also captain of the Division I Alpine Ski Team. Tingle developed an “Intro to Resistance Training” course that was added to the exercise science curriculum at CSC for the fall 2013 semester. Tingle recently completed over 400 hours at an internship as an assistant athletic performance specialist at Integrated Athletic Performance in Oakville, CT. He is also pursuing his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and has hopes of finding a graduate assistant job next fall to obtain a master’s degree.

Zachary Voss / Louisiana Tech University

2013 Challenge Voss

Zachary Voss is a current Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana Tech University, where he also received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. He played football for Louisiana Tech University for four years and now helps with the baseball team’s strength and conditioning under the guidance of Dr. David Szymanski.

Steven Wietrzykowski / University of Toledo

2013 Challenge Wietrzykowski

Steven Wietrzykowski received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH, in May 2013. He plans to pursue a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science in Sports Psychology. Wietrzykowski is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) with experience working with high school athletes, as well as a personal trainer, certified through World Instructor Training Schools (WITS), at the local Young Man’s Christian Association (YMCA). His desire is to open a training facility with his fiancé that encourages the growth of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life.

High School Scholarship

Brandon Abrams / University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

2013 High School Abrams

Brandon Abrams is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he is majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition. Abrams is on the pre-professional track in the Exercise Science Program and plans to go on to get his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. His interests include running and working out. He participates in intramural volleyball at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, as well as the Physical Therapy Club and the Ski and Snowboard Club.

Tera Driewer / Tarleton State University

2013 High School Driewer

Tera Driewer graduated from Marion High School, where she ran varsity track for four years. She received district champion in the 800-meter run three years, ran at the regional track meet four years, and made it to the state meet in her senior year. She is currently studying fitness management in the honors program at Tarleton State University and studying for her personal training certification. Driewer’s goal after graduation is to become certified as a Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®), with a special focus on those with metabolic issues.

McKayla Figueroa / Marquette University

2013 High School Figueroa

McKayla Figueroa graduated from Waukesha North High School as National Honor Society Secretary and a three-year scholar athlete. She danced on the varsity dance team that placed at the state competition for three years, and was part of a studio dance company that won two national titles. Her love of competitive dance sparked her interest in the health science field. Figueroa now attends Marquette University as an undergraduate in the Athletic Training Program and is part of the Physical Therapy Program as well.

Kylie Iasillo / University of Tampa

2013 High School Iasillo

Kylie Iasillo graduated with high academic honors from Bow High School in New Hampshire, where she played varsity softball all four years and made All-State first team her last two years. She was also a member of student government, secretary for National Honor Society, and co-editor of the school newspaper. Iasillo is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy, starting with her Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health in the Honors College at the University of Tampa (UT). She was one of just 25 freshmen chosen as a President’s Leadership Fellow at UT.

Salina Pacheco / Biola University

2013 High School Pacheco

Abandoned at birth, Salina Pacheco was deemed “special needs” resulting from prenatal drug and alcohol exposure. She was adopted shortly after birth and her parents nursed her through detoxification. Pacheco was active in high school as a varsity tri-athlete, member of both the worship band and traveling exaltation choir. She spent 13 years as an active Girl Scout and was awarded a Lifetime Girl Scout Membership to continue her volunteerism. Pacheco is now majoring in Kinesiology at Biola University with a Pre-Physical Therapy focus. Her career goal is to become a physical therapist to help rehabilitate veterans.

Minority Scholarship

Andrew Cheng / California University of Pennsylvania

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Andrew Cheng has his Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Currently, he holds several certifications including the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). Cheng is studying to become a chiropractor and will work towards sports medicine to combine a new form of strength training and sports medicine. It is his goal to work with the United States of America Olympic team and travel to spread strength training and chiropractic knowledge throughout the world.

Adam Gonzalez / University of Central Florida

2013 Minority Gonzalez

Adam Gonzalez is a doctoral student in exercise physiology at the University of Central Florida (UCF), a Research Assistant in the UCF Human Performance Laboratory, and a Sport and Exercise Science Teacher. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the College of New Jersey and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®).

Ibrahim Munayer / Texas Tech University

2013 Minority Munayer

Ibrahim (Abe) Munayer is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Texas Tech University, where he completed his Master’s of Science in Exercise and Sport Science: Strength and Conditioning. He is working as a Weight Training Instructor, as well as interning with the Texas Tech Strength and Conditioning staff assisting with numerous sports and athletes in the weight room and with field drills. Munayer is also working on a research study with his advisor, Dr. Matt Stock, in pursuit of representing Texas Tech and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and their outstanding research in this field.

Daniel Traylor / University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2013 Minority Traylor

Daniel Traylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion from Appalachian State University and a Master of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Currently he is a doctoral student at Clemson University and his studies include exercise and nutrition.

Xin Ye / University of Oklahoma-Norman

2013 Minority Ye

Xin Ye is a doctoral student under the mentorship of Dr. Travis Beck in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma (OU). He received the Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology at OU in May 2010. Ye is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) and holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS®) certification. His research interests include neuromuscular adaptations to strength training and muscle fatigue.

Women's Scholarship

Ashley Andrews / Winthrop University

2013 Womens Andrews

Ashley Andrews played collegiate soccer while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Wingate University. Andrews also worked as a National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) Certified Personal Fitness Trainer for five years. Determined to continue her education, she is currently perusing her Master’s degree in Sport and Fitness Administration at Winthrop University and will graduate in May 2014. As a graduate assistant, Andrews has had the opportunity to intern with the Winthrop Eagles Strength and Conditioning Department, teach basic instructional weightlifting classes, and instruct Exercise Physiology labs. She is also pursuing her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification.

Carrie Bishop / Georgia Southern University

2013 Womens Bishop

Carrie Bishop recently completed high school in the spring of 2013 and ranked third in her class. She is currently enrolled as a freshman at the University of South Carolina-Aiken where she studies exercise and sports science. While her journey to a career in the exercise science field is just beginning, she has big plans to achieve her goals. She was a devoted athlete throughout her childhood and teenage years and has also been through the process of physical therapy for three different injuries. Apart from these injuries, she is also highly concerned with health issues within her family that could be prevented and/or improved through healthy living. Because of these personal experiences, she hopes to encourage healthy lifestyles and aid in recovery from orthopedic issues through a career in physical therapy or athletic training.

Crystal Chariton / University of Northern Iowa

2013 Womens Chariton

Crystal Chariton is a second-year graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She volunteers with the strength and conditioning program where she has assisted with football, tennis, and swimming. She is also involved with sport psychology research teams and assists with sports performance consulting. As a graduate assistant, Chariton teaches weightlifting elective courses and assists with sport psychology courses and research. She recently spent time at Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil establishing the foundation for collaborative research between universities. Chariton is a Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is preparing to take her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) exam. She works as a personal trainer and is also pursuing a massage therapy license with an emphasis in sports massage. With a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a variety of teaching experiences, Chariton’s love of teaching and presenting combined with her quest for knowledge has helped her make the decision to pursue a PhD.

Kaitlyn Huskey / Texas A&M University

2013 Womens Huskey

Kaitlyn Huskey is studying kinesiology at Texas A&M University. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization, the National Society of Leadership and Success, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Physical Therapy Society, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Huskey plans to pursue a Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy at a Texas university and is an avid volleyball and tennis player. She received the United States Tennis Association (USTA) 2012 Certificate of Merit for Academic Excellence, Leadership, and Tennis and has been recognized by the Texas Tennis and Education Foundation. She continues to play tennis in USTA and World Team Tennis events and is a member of the intramural tennis team and USTA Tennis on Campus at Texas A&M University.

Karisa Laskowski / University of Wisconsin-Parkside

2013 Womens Laskowski

Karisa Laskowski earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fitness Management and Sport Management from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She served as a research assistant to Dr. William Ebben and played for the university’s NCAA Division II women’s basketball program. Laskowski has been involved in a number of research studies and presented at the 2013 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) National Conference. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science in Kinesiology at Western Illinois University. She is a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach and works with football, men’s and women’s basketball, track and field, baseball, and swimming and diving. She holds both the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (CPT®) certifications through the NSCA.

Jolee Paden / Eastern Mennonite University

2013 Womens Paden

Jolee Paden is a second-year student at Eastern Mennonite University studying Recreation and Sports Leadership, as well as Business Administration. She is a varsity cross country and track athlete. She looks forward to taking her passion for running and health to create foundational running camps for kids, high school students, and college students. Paden also plans to work with students at her university to help them in their health aspirations in the weight room and on the track.

Caitlin Paskewich / Armstrong Atlantic State University

2013 Womens Paskewich

Caitlin Paskewich completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Louisiana State University. Currently, she is in her second year of pursuing a doctoral degree in the field of physical therapy at Armstrong Atlantic State University. She is a Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has recently become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). Paskewich has begun research for her thesis entitled “The Effect of Unweighting on Pain and Gait Pattern in Individuals with Various Knee Pathologies.” After graduation, Paskewich hopes to continue her education and become an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).

Nicole Rendos / University of Miami

2013 Womens Rendos

Nicole Rendos is a doctor of philosophy candidate in exercise physiology at the University of Miami. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training at West Virginia University in 2009 and her Master of Education degree in Athletic Training at the University of Virginia in 2010. Rendos is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®), and a Certified Spinning® Instructor. As a PhD candidate, her main research interests include biomechanical, metabolic, and neuromuscular analysis of endurance sports and implementation of training programs to minimize injury risk and improve performance.

JoCarol Shields / Texas Tech University

2013 Womens Shields

JoCarol Shields is a recent graduate of Texas Tech University, where she received a Master's degree in Exercise Science. She received her Bachelor's degree in Movement Science from Delaware State University in 2010. Her research interests include training comparisons and adaptations between male and female athletes. She looks to pursue her doctoral studies in exercise physiology in the fall of 2014.

Tunde Szivak / University of Connecticut

2013 Womens Szivak

Tunde Szivak is a doctoral student in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Connecticut, under the advisement of Dr. William Kraemer. She earned her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut in 2011. Her research interests include stress physiology and performance optimization for tactical athletes, stemming from her background as a United States Army Officer and competitive athlete. Szivak earned her commission from the United States Military Academy in 2003, and competed for the West Point Powerlifting Team from 2001-2003. Her military assignments include two year-long combat deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2007.

Brittany Tierney / Montclair State University

2013 Womens Tierney

Brittany Tierney is a freshman at Montclair State University in New Jersey where she is studying to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. She has been dancing since she was two years old and currently teaches Zumba classes in the recreation center at Montclair State University. Her goal is to keep people fit and healthy and to be educated in doing so. She plans on getting her Master’s degree in Dance Therapy so she can work with movement and dance.

Hailee Wingfield / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2013 Womens Wingfield

Hailee Wingfield is in her last year of the Exercise Physiology Master’s Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a research assistant in the Applied Physiology Lab, a teaching assistant in the Lifetime Fitness Program, and the Fitness Services’ graduate assistant in Campus Recreation. Wingfield is also a certified Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM), Group Fitness Instructor (ACE), and Health Coach (ACE). Her thesis focus is acute metabolism in women following different exercise modalities and nutrition interventions.

Emily Witte / Auburn University at Montgomery

2013 Womens Witte

Emily Witte is a native of Orleans, NE, and earned her Bachelor's degree in Applied Human and Sport Physiology from Wayne State College. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM). She works as a graduate research assistant in the AUM Human Performance Laboratory. In the future, she aspires to design and implement training programs for overweight adolescents.

Additional Winners

Challenge Scholarship
Jonathan Bohner / University of Central Florida
David Hooper / University of Connecticut
Ryan Monroe / University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Evan Schick / University of Toledo
Neil Wittmer / University of Miami

Minority Scholarship
Joe Distor / Arizona State University
Faris El-Ali / Guilford College
Malia Melvin / University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Ramsey Nijem / California State University-Fullerton
Adam Rivera-Figueroa / University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
Tai Tran / Edith Cowan University

Womens Scholarship
Brenna Benson / Washington State University
Camille Croteau / California State University-Fullerton
Noelle Ekonomou / Saint Louis University
Shelly Hanson / University of Central Florida
Danielle Reardon / University of Central Florida
 

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