DURHAM, N.H.--Rebekah Porter, a Junior in the Department of Kinesiology Athletic Training Option from Valparaiso, Indiana, was awarded the prestigious Barbara King Newman Scholarship at the Department Awards and Celebration Ceremony on May 8. In addition, Rebekah was recognized as the Junior Option Scholar for Athletic Training by holding the highest G.P.A. of all athletic training juniors; Rebekah has a cumulative 3.8 G.P.A. Rebekah is a  member of the UNH Women’s Gymnastics Team.

Barbara King Newman Scholarship is awarded awarded annually to a junior or senior Kinesiology major. Awarded to “an all-around student” who demonstrates evidence of scholarship and service to the department, university and/or community. He or she should possess athletic ability and strong leadership potential. In short, the person should be the kind of person you want as a friend, a teammate, and be proud to have represent the athletic department, the school, and the University of New Hampshire.

Clinically, Rebekah demonstrates a knowledge and skill level well beyond her 2 ½ years in our program. In each of her experiences to date, she has demonstrated a mature and responsible manner that has impressed her supervising athletic trainers and coaches. Additionally, Rebekah quickly and easily establishes trusting and confidential relationships with the student-athletes in her care. She has a unique ability to make everyone feel like they are the only person Rebekah is dealing with.

For these same almost three years in our program, Rebekah has been a scholarship student-athlete on the Women’s Gymnastics Team at UNH.  One of the main characteristics of the sport of gymnastics is the extraordinary amount of practice time needed to perform at a high level. Rebekah is able to balance the time for practice, classes and studying without any aspect being short-changed. An example of her well-planned day occurred this fall; classes in the morning (often starting as early as possible) with weight training/conditioning occurring between classes, followed by gymnastics practice for 2-3 hours, then she would head to the athletic training room to prepare the women’s volleyball team for practice and attend their 2-3 hour practice, and after post-practice treatments to the volleyball team, Rebekah would often come back into the gym for another hour’s worth of practice. And this is while maintaining a 3.8 G.P.A. and being in the starting line-up on vault and uneven bars in gymnastics!

As a student-athlete, Rebekah has numerous accolades and responsibilities. In both 2005, 2006 and 2007 Rebekah was named to the East Atlantic Gymnastics League All-Academic Team and recognized as a National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women Scholastic All-American. During her UNH Gymnastics Career, Rebekah has won the Gymnastics Team Academic Excellence Award (2005 and 2007), the Strength and Conditioning Award (2006), the Spirit Award (2007) and is a team Co-Captain for the 2007-08 season.  Rebekah is also the gymnastics team representative to the UNH Student Athlete Advisory Committee; in this role she has organized and participated in many community service projects.  Rebekah is also the incoming Vice-President of the UNH Student Athletic Trainers’ Organization.

This spring, Rebakah was notified that she was selected to participate in the 2nd Annual Athletic Training Student Leadership Workshop in Ft. Myers, FL, in May, 2007. This Workshop brings exemplary athletic training students from across the country together to network and learn about leadership; both to take back to their home institution and for the future.
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