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KATS announces student honors in athletic training

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two member colleges in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC), including Bethel College, have the top number of 1st Team honors for the 2014 calendar year, announced recently by the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society (KATS).

Six Bethel students were named to the 1st Team. The only school with more was Sterling College with seven.

The Bethel students are seniors Mariah Ekart, Wamego, Tori Kaufman, North Newton, Kendra Scott, Newton, Tanner Steingard, Henderson, Nebraska, and Lauren Ulrich, Walnut, California, along with December 2014 graduate Taylor Morris, Wichita.

Morris and Steingard made 1st Team for the second straight year. The others were previously named to the 2nd or Honorable Mention Team.

In order to be make the KATS All-Academic 1st Team, honorees must be a junior or above in academic standing and active within the professional phase of their athletic training education program (ATEP), with a minimum of five academic semesters completed, and must have achieved a 3.80/ 4.0 KATS honors average (the average of the student’s spring GPA plus fall GPA plus cumulative GPA).

Bethel also had one student named to the KATS 2nd Team and one student to the Honorable Mention Team.

Brooke Powers, senior from Wamego, earned 2nd Team honors and Rachael Terbush, sophomore from Castle Rock, Colorado, received Honorable Mention.

2nd Team honorees must be a junior or above in academic standing and accepted into the professional phase of their ATEP (minimum of five academic semesters completed), and must have achieved a combined minimum of 3.60 / 4.0 KATS honors average.

Honorable Mention honorees must be a sophomore or above in academic standing and accepted into the professional phase of their ATEP (minimum of three academic semesters completed), and must have achieved a combined minimum of 3.40/ 4.0 KATS honors average.

The KATS All-Academic honors go to undergraduate students in athletic training who have distinguished themselves through outstanding academic achievement in an accredited athletic training education program in the state of Kansas.

Recipients are honored annually using the NAIA and NCAA model of 1st Team, 2nd Team and Honorable Mention designations.

To be eligible for nomination, students must meet the following criteria: be fully accepted into the professional phase of their ATEP; be a full-time undergraduate student during both the fall and spring semester of the preceding academic year; be submitted by program directors from CAATE-accredited ATEPs in the state of Kansas; and be rated by their program director at 4/5 or higher in clinical performance.

Honorees at all levels receive a certificate of achievement and public recognition at an annual KATS business meeting, via posting on the KATS website, through social medial and release to various media outlets throughout Kansas.

CAATE is the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Other CAATE-accredited programs in the state of Kansas are at Benedictine College, Bethany College, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Kansas Wesleyan University, Mid-America Nazarene University, Southwestern College, Tabor College, the University of Kansas, Washburn University and Wichita State University, in addition to Bethel and Sterling.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

In sports, Bethel competes within the 10-school KCAC and the NAIA. For more information, see www.bethelthreshers.com.

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