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Recently, West Liberty University’s first class of physician assistant students brought home an academic trophy by winning the West Virginia Association of Physician Assistants Academic Challenge Bowl.

Teams from Alderson-Broaddus and University of Charleston also competed in the April 12 event.

“We are proud of our students who competed in the academic bowl and happy that one of our teams won this annual competition. It clearly shows how hard our students work,” said Program Director Allan Bedashi.

WLU’s 2014 competition winners included team members: Joelle Kidder, from Pittsburgh, Pa., Philip Kruseman, from Coon Rapids, Minn. and Enza Tsouris, Steubenville, Ohio. Members of WLU’s second team include: Sarah Brammer of Wheeling, Paige Bruning of Alpena, Mich. and Brittany Burkhart, of Wheeling.

Modeled after the “Jeopardy” format, two teams comprised of three students compete against one another until there are only two final teams left to compete for the top prize.

On May 10, 2014, WLU will graduate its first class of the PA program, with 17 students earning the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree. The PA program is in its third year of instruction.

Bedashi and the other faculty members recently finished the process of selecting the students for the incoming class of the PA program, with a total of 19 students being chosen from approximately 1,000 applicants. Those 19 students will begin the program on June 30.