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Atholton Adventist Academy Named State Fitness Champions

By Beth Michaels

Chesapeake Conference’s Atholton Adventist Academy (AAA) in Columbia, Md., was recently named a Presidential Fitness Award state champion school for the 2009-10 school year. The state of Maryland, acknowledging AAA’s tremendous commitment to having a fit student body—with thanks to the school’s physical education instructor, Randy Nomura—declared AAA state champions for all qualifying schools with enrollment fewer than 200 students.

Last spring, 96 students—more than half of AAA’s total enrollment—received the national Presidential Fitness Awards in recognition of fitness, stamina and physical abilities. Two years earlier, only six of their students met all qualifying criteria for the award.

"I am so proud of our students' accomplishments," says Marilyn Peeke, AAA principal, who sets an example by working out up to six times a week herself.

The Presidential Fitness Award recognizes students who achieve an outstanding level of physical fitness. To earn this award, students must score at or above the 85th percentile on five activities—like the shuttle run and sit ups—and meet award benchmarks. 


Qualifying students received Presidential Fitness Award certificates and fitness badges during a recent morning school assembly.