Two ATSNJ Student Members Honored at NATA Annual Convention

Two student members of the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey were selected to receive scholarships at the Pinky Newell Scholarship and Student Leadership Breakfast during the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 65th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Indianapolis.  The breakfast was held the morning of Saturday, June 28th in the JW Marriot. NATA and ATSNJ Hall of Fame member, Charlie Thompson, provided the Keynote Address. The Ronnie Barnes Scholarship is given to a qualified athletic training student and is sponsored by the Ronnie Barnes Scholarship Fund. This year’s recipient is Montclair State University’s Senior Chelsea Davis. Davis was nominated by Joseph Savoia and has been on the Dean’s list since the Fall 2011 semester. Davis has been a student member of the ATSNJ since her freshman year, will be the ATSNJ Student Committee Chairperson for the 2014-2015 school year, and will continue to be a student member of the ATSNJ Public Relations Committee. Along with her ATSNJ involvement, Davis is currently the New Jersey Delegate for the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association, where she has accepted the positions of Secretary and Webmaster. Davis is thrilled to be interning with the New York Giants and Sport Safety International this upcoming fall. Upon receiving the scholarship, Davis adds, “There is no better feeling than realizing that all of your hard work has paid off. I have had incredible mentors to model myself after and there are not enough words to express my gratitude towards them. This is merely a reminder to continue to always work with your head held high no matter what might be standing in your way.”                                  The Jack Weakley Scholarship is given to a qualified athletic training student and is sponsored by Johnson and Johnson. This year’s recipient is Rowan University’s Graduate Joseph Vogler. Vogler also won the Deloss Brubaker Award for Student Writing, specifically in the undergraduate literature review category. Vogler, who was nominated by Kevin Briles, was the most recent Co-Chair of the ATSNJ Student Committee. Vogler was also a student member of the ATSNJ Public Relations Committee, President of the Rowan University Athletic Training Club, and Chairperson of the Chuck Whedon Scholarship Golf Outing. Vogler has interned with the New York Yankees minor league affiliate Trenton Thunder, the New York Jets, and the Philadelphia Soul. He will be attending Indiana State University in the fall where he will continue to study athletic training. When asked about what it was like receiving the award, Vogler said, “It is an extreme honor to be considered for the award”. He added, “and seeing all the leaders celebrating students is special and rewarding.” On behalf of the ATSNJ, congratulations Chelsea Davis and Joseph Vogler! Photo:  Joe Vogler (back left) and Chelsea Davis (front left) are joined by other winners from District 2 along with ATSNJ members David Csillan (back right) and Michael Goldenberg (front right).