students from The University of Southern Mississippi have been honored
with the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award
from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.
and Bryan Stednitz of Hattiesburg and Marilyn Leddy of Bagdad, Fla.,
were selected from more than 100 national candidates for the award.
NIRSA's founder, Dr. William Wasson, the award recognizes outstanding
undergraduate and graduate students who are active participants,
employees or volunteers in collegiate recreational sports departments.
Candidates are judged on criteria including self-improvement through
leadership, academic success, activities, volunteerism and promoting
Award is the most prestigious student award given out by NIRSA,"
said Steve Rey, associate director of the Division of Recreational
Sports at Southern Miss. There are six regions in the national association,
with four undergraduate awards and two graduate awards given in
university to receive three of those 36 awards, competing against
campuses from all across the nation, that's just phenomenal,"
Rey said. He added that Southern Miss is the only university in
the association that has received both a graduate and an undergraduate
award every year since the award was founded in 1988.
King, an undergraduate
student in therapeutic recreation, is also a group exercise instructor
who teaches yoga, step, and water aerobics. She also serves as a
floor supervisor for the Workout Zone in the university's wellness
facility, the Payne Center.
King has shown
leadership qualities through her involvement in the Catholic church,
camp counseling, and recreational sports fitness and wellness programs.
A certified group exercise and yoga instructor, King is also certified
in CPR and first aid. She has also shown leadership skills in her
participation in the Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo, American
Heart Association's Heart Walk, Run for Love and local hospitals
and children's centers.
graduate student in sports administration and exercise science,
is also a graduate assistant in fitness in recreational sports.
Stednitz has shown leadership qualities by participating in recreational
sports and wellness programs such as the Southern Miss Coca-Cola
Classic Rodeo, American Heart Association's Heart Walk, Run for
Love and American College of Sports Medicine. Stednitz is a certified
health fitness trainer, group exercise instructor, and spinning
instructor, and he is certified in CPR, AED and first aid.
Leddy, an undergraduate
student in broadcast journalism, is a supervisor in the Workout
Zone. Leddy has shown leadership skills through her involvement
in recreational sports and wellness programs such as the Southern
Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo, American Heart Association's Heart
Walk, Run for Love, Student Staff Advisory Council, Crossroads Student
Ministry, Southern Miss Leadership Series and the Student Broadcaster's