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April 15, 2019Maryville, MO |  By: Kramer Sansone

Gina McNeese presented with the Mission Impact Award

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The American Heart Association last Friday recognized an instructor of health and physical education at Northwest Missouri State University and its Horace Mann Laboratory School.  Gina McNeese was presented with the Mission Impact Award for her commitment to physical fitness instruction and 30 years of leading students through the organization's Kids Heart Challenge. The American Heart Association Mission Impact Award recognizes volunteers who achieve milestones in their commitment to the organizations cause. McNeese was recognized in 2016 by the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as the Northwest District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2016. McNeese joined the Northwest faculty in 1994. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and health as well as her Master of Science degree in physical education from Northwest.