NU Student selected 2006 Outstanding Future Professional by the Vermont Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Thomas Flannigan, a junior in Norwich University’s Physical Education Teacher Preparation program, has been selected as one of two 2006 Outstanding Future Professionals for the state of Vermont by the Vermont Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VAHERP).

Vermont is one of 10 states that belong to the Eastern District Association (EDA) of the national professional physical education organization, American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, formally known as AAHPERD. AAHPERD is an alliance of five national associations, six district associations,
and a research consortium, which support healthy lifestyles through high quality programs. The organizations that comprise the AAHPERD are: the American Association for Active Lifestyles & Fitness (AAALF), the American Association for Health Education (AAHE), the American Association for Leisure & Recreation (AALR), the National Association for Girls & Women in Sports (NAGWS), the National Association for Sport & Physical Education (NASPE), and the National Dance Association (NDA).

As one of Vermont’s representatives, Flannigan will attend the March, 2006 Eastern District Association of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention in Hartford, Connecticut. Thomas’s selection has earned him a scholarship for this convention and he will now compete against other EDA state representatives for a district Outstanding Future Professional Award.

Flannigan earned this undergraduate award based on his scholarship, leadership, and advocacy for physical education at Norwich and in the community. He has been a driving force behind the creation of the Norwich Physical Education Club, and currently serves as President. Flannigan is active in the VAHPERD organization, attending professional conferences and serving as a presider for conference presenters. Within the University’s Corps of Cadets, Flannigan demonstrates his enthusiasm and leadership potential by accepting responsibility for training younger members of the corps.