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U.Va. Student Receives Statewide Award Recognizing Promising Future Educators

November 29, 2000 -- Leslie Thomasson, a fifth-year student in the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, has won the Frances A. Mays Outstanding Student Scholarship Award from the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Recognizing high academic achievement, significant teaching experience and community service, the annual award is designed to honor promising future educators in a variety of fields including health, physical education and exercise science. A selection committee chose Thomasson from a pool of 32 nominees, each coming from a different Virginia college or university.

Thomasson, who will be teaching for Hanover County Public Schools next year, will receive a bachelor of science in health and physical education and a master’s of teaching degree in May 2001. She was presented a plaque and a check for $250 at the association’s Nov. 10 convention in Williamsburg.

Linda Bunker, U.Va's Parrish Professor of Education, said that "Leslie is a terrific young woman who gives countless hours of her time to help young children acquire the motor skills they will need for a lifetime of healthy involvement."

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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