Julia Randall Elementary School physical education teacher Tracey Herbert has received the Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance's most prestigious award.
The citation, the AzAHPERD Honor Award, was presented to Tracey at the association's annual convention held Oct. 18 at the Radisson Hotel in Tucson.
Receiving the award came as a complete surprise to Tracey.
"I had no idea I was getting it," she said.
Payson High School PE teacher Peggy Miles was present at the awards ceremony to cheer her fellow teacher as she received the accolades.
"I don't believe people are aware of how fortunate we are as a school district and community to have a person like her to teach PE," Miles said. "Tracey is awesome."
In presenting Tracey the honor award, AzAHPERD President Lydia Garcia Crain said, "Committed, reliable exemplary, loyal are just some of the qualities which describe AzAHPERD's membership secretary Tracey Herbert.
"For the past decade, Tracey has quietly dedicated herself to the development of quality health and physical education in Arizona through her service as membership secretary.
"During AzAHPERD's renovation the past few years, Tracey's consistency, patience and sense of history enabled our governing board and past presidents to move AzAHPERD forward.
"As an elementary physical education specialist for the past 24 years, Tracey has spent 19 years developing a quality PE program at Julia Randall Elementary School in Payson.
"Tracey has promoted the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle in her community. Tracey's commitment to the goals of our association is exemplified by the many successful Jump Rope for Heart events she hosts in Payson."
The members of the Payson Women's Golf Association nine-hole group held a Halloween Witches Fun Day Oct. 31 at Cucina Paradiso restaurant. The members dressed in costumes for the event.
The luncheon also featured an awards ceremony in which fall tournament winners were honored.
Niners president Pam Mitchell was cited for winning the club championship. Her win represented the fourth consecutive year she has played her way to the title. Joanne Kirchgassner received a trophy for winning the President's Cup tournament. Kirchgassner also won a low net tournament played Oct. 24.
Cross country at Anthem
Fans who attend the 2002 state cross country championships on Nov. 9, will have the opportunity to see all classes, 1A through 5A, run on the same course.
In past years, that has not always been true.
Holding the event on a single site will allow spectators, coaches and athletes to compare times of runners from schools of different size classifications.
Disagreements about which runners are the fastest, regardless of school size, should be settled.
The race site, Anthem, is located north of Phoenix just off Interstate 17. The start line is near the community's recreation center.
The day's competition kicks off at 7 a.m. with a course walk through for coaches and runners.
The day's schedule: 10 a.m., 1-2A Boys; 10:30 a.m., 1-2A Girls; 11:15 a.m., 3A Boys; 11:45 a.m., 3A Girls. An awards ceremony will follow.
For those who want to watch big school runners in action, the afternoon schedule is: 1:30 p.m., 4A Boys; 2 p.m., 4A Girls; 2:45 p.m., 5A Boys; 3:15 p.m., 5A Girls. Another awards ceremony will follow.