"I view myself as a female official" - Melissa Sweers
Melissa Sweers, one of only 7 female officials for the MHSAA
Congratulations to one of our HPE Majors - Melissa Sweers! Melissa is one of only 7 women in the state of Michigan to be a registered hockey official with the Michigan High School Athletic Association. “I view myself as a female official,” Sweers said. “I’m not trying to be one of the guys at all. I’m trying to be the best person that I can be and the best official that I can be.”
We are proud of all her accomplishments.
Fall 2020 marked the beginning of the combined Health and Physical Education Teacher Education (HPE) major at GVSU. The HPE major is approved by the Michigan Department of Education as well as Grand Valley State University. This program offers students dual certification in PK-12 HPE. This program is based on best practices in the field of HPE and guided by our National Organization- SHAPE America. We follow a standards-based approach that aims to educate the whole child.
If you have questions about the HPE Major please reach out to Dr. Ingrid Johnson.
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Celebrating some of our 2022 graduates
Some of our 2022 grads!
SHAPE America Major of the Year- Rachel Ramont
Mentor Teacher of the Year: Bill Weibel (C.A. Frost and Sibley Elementary Schools, GRPS)
Alumni of the Year: Biz Geertsma (New Groningen Elementary School, ZPS)
Student Teacher of the Year: Cole Dangler
Community Impact Award: Gil Castillo
Jackson Blanchard- Shape Michigan Major of the Year 2021-2022
Allyson Metas- Shape Michigan Major of the Year 2021-2022
Sara Westrate 2021 Excellence in a Discipline Award from Grand Valley Recipient
Summer Carls 2021 SHAPE America Major of the Year Award Recipient
Student Honor Award for Shape Michigan- Major of the Year representing Grand Valley State University Dan Pohanka & Rachel Smith
Summer Carls and Mitch Huizen were awarded 2019 GVSU Majors of the Year for SHAPE Michigan
Rachael Chase won the SHAPE America Presidential Scholarship for 2018
Rachael Chase was awarded the 2018 Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship by SHAPE America. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are members of SHAPE America.
TriFound Grant Recipients from Shape Michigan 2021-2022 Casey Withers- Jenison High School Sydney Moore- Holt Public Schools