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Two students honored by Kansas Athletic Trainers Society

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two Bethel College students were honored recently by the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society (KATS).

KATS awards 1st Team, 2nd Team and Honorable Mention All-Academic honors to undergraduate students in athletic training who have distinguished themselves through outstanding academic achievement in an accredited athletic training education program (ATEP) in the state of Kansas.

Kari Thimm, Beatrice, Neb., was one of 10 students named to the 1st Team. Emily Kliewer, Lenexa, was one of 15 students named to the 2nd Team. Both recently completed their junior year at Bethel, where Thimm plays volleyball and Kliewer plays soccer.

Those named to the 1st Team must have been a full-time undergraduate student with junior status or higher and have maintained a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average (GPA), achieved a minimum 3.8 GPA for the 2007-08 academic year and received a clinical performance rating of 4/5 from their ATEP director.

Those named to the 2nd Team must have been a full-time undergraduate student with sophomore status or higher and have maintained a minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA, achieved a minimum 3.6 GPA for the 2007-08 academic year, and also have received a clinical performance rating of 4/5 from the director.

Doug Maury is the ATEP director at Bethel College.

Athletic trainers are allied health-care professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses, often with a focus on athletes and athletic injuries. KATS helps assure top quality health care to the physically active in Kansas and seeks to promote and increase knowledge of the athletic training profession to citizens of the state of Kansas. See the KATS Web site at

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. In sports, Bethel competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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