Evan Mah was awarded the Dr. Gordon Garvie Prize, presented to the college's Most Outstanding Graduate, in honour of his academic performance, commitment to volunteer and community service, campus involvement, and leadership. Evan has been a student trainer with Huskie Athletics and participated in the Huskie Athletic Council for the last two years, including serving as the president this last year while also acting as a 4th year representatative with the Kinesiology Students' Society. He has been a strong supporter and participant in Campus Rec and tries to model an active lifestyle for friends and fellow students. His interest in encouraging others to enjoy the rewards of physical activity has led him to volunteer with the PAAL program and Brain Wave, an initiative that works within elementary schools to teach students about the brain and what to do if they experience a concussion. Evan's list of accomplishments is long but he truly embodies the leadership, passion and commitment to excellence that we hope to encourage in all of our students. Evan graduates today with an honours degree with great distinction and will be continuing his academic journey in the College of Medicine here at the University of Saskatchewan.
Abdurrahman Elnajmi was this year's recipient of the Dean's Medal as the student with the highest average in the graduating class. A strong and dedicated scholar, Abdul has been recognized with several awards and scholarships for his achievements during his time in the college. He has also pursued research opportunities and become involved in the process of scientific discovery by participating in studies such as one that assessed patients' unexplained postoperative knee pain and one that compared the effects of different recovery drinks on an athlete's fat oxidation levels. In addition, Abdul's interest in the health sciences extends to a wider scale as he was involved in promoting and co-managing fundraising events that focused on collecting medical aid for overseas victims of current conflicts who have little or no access to basic sanitation and health care services. Maintaining such high academic standards while balancing his workload and working to support important causes requires a great deal of focus and perseverance. Abdul is to be commended for his efforts and will also be continuing his studies in the College of Medicine after graduating with an honours degree with great distinction.
Again, congratulations to Evan, Abdurrahman and all of the 2016 College of Kinesiology graduates!