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Texas A&M-Kingsville department wins big at Texas Regional Chapter Meeting

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KINGSVILLE (Feb. 25, 2020) — Representatives from the health and kinesiology department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville attended the annual meeting of the Texas Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (Texas ACSM) and brought home their share of awards.

Alyssa Fick, a senior exercise science/pre-physical therapy student from Corpus Christi, won the Undergraduate Scholar Award as the top undergraduate exercise science student in Texas. Fick also is the Exercise Science Major of the Year for the department of health and kinesiology and the American Kinesiology Association Undergraduate Scholar. She will be entering the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in fall 2020.

This is the sixth time a Texas A&M-Kingsville student has won this prestigious award since 2010. Dyana Bullinger won in 2010; Ricky Balderas in 2011; Samantha Cantu in 2015; Joel Perez in 2016; and Meagan Cantu in 2017.

No other university in Texas has had their students receive this award more times than Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Members of the team are Isabel Soto; Kadi Shipman; Alyssa Fick, captain; Blessing Tamez, alternate; and Jessica Hinojosa, alternate.

Fick was not the only winner at the Texas ACSM meeting. The Texas A&M-Kingsville Student Bowl team placed third for the second year in a row. And for the second year in row, the team of Javelinas finished higher than any other team from the Texas A&M University System.

Members of the team are Isabel Soto; Kadi Shipman; Alyssa Fick, captain; Blessing Tamez, alternate; and Jessica Hinojosa, alternate.

The Texas ACSM Student Bowl is an annual event where teams of undergraduates from universities all over the state compete in an academic quiz bowl devoted to exercise science and sports medicine topics.

A&M-Kingsville students were not the only ones coming home with honors. Dr. Robert Kowalsky, assistant professor and pre-physical therapy program coordinator, was elected to the Board of Directors of the organization by the membership. He will serve a three-year term as a non-medical representative.

About Texas Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (Texas ACSM)

Texas ACSM is one of 12 regional chapters of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM is the largest exercise science and sports medicine professional society in the world with over 50,000 members. Its members are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of the exercise sciences and sports medicine.

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