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NIAAA Awards
Award of Merit
The Award of Merit is presented by the NIAAA to an individual in recognition of outstanding leadership and personal commitment to the values of interscholastic athletics. The NIAAA Board of Directors selects this recipient and the award is given only in those years when the board deems there is a candidate worthy of this honor. It is the NIAAA's highest individual award.
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Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence
The Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence is presented to an NIAAA member who has provided strong leadership to education-based athletics, loyalty to the association and contributions to the profession of athletic administration. The award is named for the late Thomas Frederick, who served as an assistant director of the NFHS until 1989. Frederick was largely responsible for facilitating the start of the NIAAA in 1977. By nomination of and at the recommendation of the NIAAA Past Presidents, the board annually selects one individual to receive the Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence.
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Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award
The Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award is presented to an NIAAA member who has contributed to the vision of professional development through such areas as instruction, writing, presenting and service. The recipient has made significant contributions in these areas and demonstrated excellence at the local, state and national levels.  The board selects a recipient from among the eight section nominees each year.
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Hall of Fame
The NIAAA Hall of Fame was created to honor retired Athletic Administrators who had exemplary careers in athletic administration both prior to as well as after the formation of the NIAAA. Selection to the NIAAA Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame is a four step process including nomination, screened by the Hall of Fame Screening Committee, rated by the NIAAA Selection Committee and finally, the NIAAA Board of Directors selects those individuals to be inducted.
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Bruce D. Whitehead Distinguished Service Award
The Bruce D. Whitehead Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to individuals from within the NIAAA membership in recognition of their length of service, special accomplishments and contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state and national levels. Nominations are submitted by state athletic director associations, screened by the NIAAA Awards Committee, and selected by the NIAAA Board of Directors.
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NFHS Citation
NFHS Citations are awarded to individuals whose contributions have impacted high school activity programs through their association with one of the following groups of professionals: state associations and NFHS staff, athletic directors, coaches, officials, music adjudicators and directors, and speech, debate and theatre directors.
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Years of Service
The NIAAA also provides two opportunities for states to recognize athletic administrators. The NIAAA provides 15, 20, 25 and 30 year certificates of service and a 35 years of service plaque to states for any NIAAA member who has achieved the appropriate level of service. Persons who achieve the 25 years of service level also receive a special NIAAA lapel pin.
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State Award of Merit
The second recognition is the NIAAA State Award of Merit. This award may be presented annually by each state to an individual who is an NIAAA member and is deemed by the state association to have performed meritorious service to the state. This recognition plaque is provided by the NIAAA.
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