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Three Lutes Earn Kinesiology Department Awards

Three Lutes Earn Kinesiology Department Awards

Written by Student Assistant Garrett Hittner

TACOMA, Wash. – Three Pacific Lutheran University student-athletes have excelled in the classroom in the field of kinesiology, earning the kinesiology department's nomination for three regional and national awards.

Football student-athlete Doug James is PLU's nomination for the 2018 SHAPE America Major of the Year Award, women's swimming and rowing student-athlete Sarah Stafford is the department's nominee for the 2018 American Kinesiology Association Scholar Award while Bailey Plumb is the nominee for the 2018 SHAPE Washington Emerging Leader Award.

The 2018 SHAPE America Major of the Year is awarded to an undergraduate student who showcases superb performance in the classroom within the field of health, physical education, recreation, and dance. James' has met all of the following criteria which have allowed him his nomination for the award. The awarded student must be a current SHAPE America member while maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher in a HPERD field of study. In addition, the nominee must be an upperclassman with a record of 3-5 contributions of community service to the school or within the local region.

Outside of the classroom, James played defensive end for the Lutes on the gridiron. In his senior season, James recorded 14 solo tackles with 25 total tackles. He tallied three sacks added four tackles for loss, and lastly forced one fumble while recovering another fumble for the Lutes. The senior from Shoreline, Washington adds the nomination for the Shape America award to his already long list of accomplishments while attending PLU.

Sarah Stafford's nomination for the 2018 American Kinesiology Association Scholar award comes after meeting the following criteria for the award. The nominated student must be an junior or senior on track to graduate with a degree in kinesiology or another related field. Other requirements include maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher while providing a service to the university or the community. The award is recognized at the national level for academic and leadership accomplishments for undergraduate students. The intention of the award is to promote academic excellence in the field of Kinesiology while furthering the professional competence and dedication of academically accomplished students.

Stafford is a two-sport athlete at PLU where she competes on the women's swim team and the women's rowing team. Only a junior for the Lutes, she is a member of the varsity eight boat. Last season she helped the 1V win the NWC Championship and finish eighth overall at the NCAA Division III Championships. This season she helped the 1V repeat as champions, helping the Lutes hoist the NWC team title for the third consecutive season. In the water, Stafford is an All-NWC honoree, helping the Lutes to a runner-up finish at the NWC Championships this season.

The 2018 SHAPE Washington Emerging Leaders award recognizes students with potential to make a great contribution to the field of Physical Education as well as those who show attributes of leadership at their university. The following criteria are required for the nomination. The student must be a junior on track to graduate with a degree in the field of Physical Education while maintaining a GPA greater than 3.0. Bailey Plumb, a junior from Puyallup, Washington has been nominated for the award.

Plumb is a member of the softball team at PLU where she plays outfield. Plumb was named Honorable Mention All-NWC this spring, boasting a .396 batting average while leading the team in both runs scored (26) and stolen bases (15).

The three nominees have shown their outstanding dedication to their field of study as well as their athletic careers. Pacific Lutheran University and the Kinesiology department are proud of their commitment to making their community a better place.