Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Annual Convention – by Kyle DayhoffTuesday, December 16th, 2014
Recently I have participated in the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference and convention. At this convention, I had the ability to be in attendance of several presentations, banquets, and awards ceremonies. I myself was also awarded the award for outstanding future professional, representing Messiah College as its recipient.
The convention was geared towards everything that has to do with physical activity and health. I went to four different presentations, ranging from how to create a weight room on a limited budget to how to properly interview with administrators. The training sessions were for all who had been in attendance but were geared towards health and physical education majors as myself. The presentations gave me knowledge of teaching skills, and methods that I could immediately incorporate into my classroom.
The banquets and awards ceremonies were a time for myself to connect with professionals in my major. The banquets were a time to celebrate the major, and the progress it has made within schools and communities. It was a time to celebrate those that were making strides for our organization. During these ceremonies, we also celebrated the election of a new president and the passing of the presidency of the organization to the next president. Making these connections will help me in securing a position in a school district through the people I know and are associated with in this organization. Earning this award is also a great way to set myself apart from others in the interview process that I will begin soon.