BETHANY, W.Va. – Kelsie Meintel, of Moundsville, W.Va., will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in criminal justice.

She plans to attend graduate school and study sport and exercise psychology. Ultimately, she plans to become a certified mental performance counselor and “offer student-athletes the mental health resources they deserve.”

A President scholar, Meintel completed an internship in student-athlete development with Meighan Julbert, Bethany’s then director of student-athlete success. In that role, Meintel collaborated in developing and delivering all student-athlete development initiatives for Bethany’s diverse population of student-athletes. She also helped coordinate Bison 360, a comprehensive development program that focuses on physical and mental performance; leadership development; and academic and career success.

In Meintel’s senior project, “A Comparative Analysis of Research About Career Maturity Among Student-Athletes Across Divisions I, II, and III,” she came up with three themes – athletic identity, availability and transition – that persisted among the three divisions.

Earlier this year, Meintel joined Bethany junior Samaria Murry and Drs. John and Debra Hull in presenting “The Impact of Race and Gender on Children’s Behavior Disorder Diagnoses” at the Eastern Psychological Association annual meeting in New York.

Meintel is involved in Psi Chi international psychology honor society, Black Student Union, Society of Distinguished Campus Leaders, and Bison women’s basketball and track and field. She also is the public relations chair for the Psychology Club.

She said she had too many Bethany memories to pick a favorite.

“But every time I had the support of my family and friends at Bethany – from basketball to track meets to oral comprehensive exams,” Meintel said.