Castleton Students Recognized as Outstanding Future Professionals at SHAPE Conference

Castleton University Students Isabel Gogarty and Kristina Knockenhauer were recognized with the Outstanding Future Professional Award at the recent Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) – Vermont Conference.

The Outstanding Future Professional Award is given annually to one or two undergraduate students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting the service of health and physical activity in education.

Knockenhauer, a senior Physical Education Major from Chester, Vermont, serves as president of the Health and Physical Education Club at Castleton.

“It was an honor to be nominated for this award and being able to attend the SHAPE Conference was once in a lifetime,” she said. “I am incredibly lucky to be a part of Castleton’s Physical Education Program because of the outstanding faculty and staff that I have gotten the privilege to work with throughout my Castleton career.”

Gogarty is a junior with a double major in Health and Physical Education. The Barnegat, New Jersey native is a member of the Health and Physical Education Club and has served as treasurer for two years.

“Receiving the Future Outstanding Professional Award truly shows all of my dedication and hard work in the program and professional world throughout these past three years,” she said. “The Society of Health and Physical Educators – Vermont was full of educational sessions and amazing networking opportunities and us as the Physical Education and Health Education majors club are incredibly grateful to have a student government that funds and sees the importance of networking and professional development.”

Knockenhauer and Gogarty were two of many Castleton University students who attended the SHAPE – Vermont Conference, held in Killington, Vermont on Oct. 18-19. SHAPE is a state-level organization whose mission is to enhance the professional growth and development of professionals and pre-professionals in the fields of health, physical education, recreation, and dance.