LARAMIE, WY — Katie James, a 2015 graduate of Green River High School who is currently studying at the University of Wyoming, was named the Outstanding Physical Education Major of the Year by the Division of Kinesiology and Health (DKH).
This award is presented to one of the top physical education majors in the state of Wyoming. James was presented the award at the annual DKH awards banquet on Tuesday, April 23.
Katie James is the daughter of Casey and Aaron James of Green River. She is the granddaughter of Kathy and Tom Ellis of Rock Springs and Tom and Sue James of LaBarge.
Katie James will graduate this May from UW with a bachelor of science degree in DKH. Her focus of study is in physical education teacher education (PETE) with a GPA of 3.4. Additionally, Katie James is completing course work for the health education endorsement as well as coaching certifications. She is currently completing student teaching at Rock Springs High School with Ramiro Candeleria and Northpark Elementary School with Ruth Casey.
While a student at Green River High School, Katie James was captain of the cheerleading team and earned all-state honors all four years of high school. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-tones choir. Additionally, as a member of the cheerleading squad, she engaged in multiple and continual community service projects.
While attending the University of Wyoming, Katie James volunteered for Healthy Pokes, an after-school program working with at-risk youth. She coached the Polar Bears youth soccer team and volunteered for Special Olympics, Indian Paint Brush Elementary School fitness night, and Beitel Elementary School Jump Rope for Heart events. Additionally, she volunteered to work at The Big Event, a Laramie-wide community service project to help residents in need.
She was active in the Physical Education Teacher Education Student Association, including acting as secretary. While at UW, Katie James competed in intramural soccer.