UNIVERSITY PARK - Emily Elizabeth Williams, daughter of Kline and Lisa Williams of Lock Haven received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training/Kinesiology from Penn State University on May 5.
Emily proudly led her fellow classmates into the ceremonies as the student marshal. Dr. Lauren Kramer, department chairperson, stated that "Emily was the faculty's top choice because she has the highest GPA in addition to all she has done for the AT Program, THON, AT Club, and Penn State in general."
She was honored on Friday, May 4 in a medal ceremony as a graduate of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. She was selected to be part of this program as a freshman.
Emily also completed an undergraduate thesis through the department of Kinesiology in the athletic training and sports medicine research laboratory at Penn State. Her thesis, entitled Comparative Stability and Performance Outcomes Among Cryotherapeutic Interventions, was selected for presentation at several athletic training symposiums throughout the state.
Other highlights of Emily's time at Penn State included study in Germany at the High Altitude Training Facility as a student fellow of the German Academy of Applied Sports Medicine.
In February 2012, Emily was chosen by the Women's Club Soccer Team to be their representative for THON 2012. Emily was one of 700 dancers who stayed awake and on their feet for 46 hours to raise 10.6 million dollars for pediatric cancer.
Emily's time on the Penn State Women's Club Soccer team included four trips to the National Championships, which are held in Arizona, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida. Emily's team placed in the top 4 nationally in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 Penn State was ranked number 2 in the country and Emily was chosen for the National All-Tournament team.
Emily is a 2008 graduate of Central Mountain High School. Upon graduation from Penn State, she has been accepted to the doctoral program in physical therapy at Old Dominion University.