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Carissa Verkaik Named Finalist For Josten’s Trophy

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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Calvin College women’s basketball player Carissa Verkaik has added yet another prestigious award to her athletics resume’. Verkaik has been named one of 10 women’s finalists for the Josten’s Trophy which is presented by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va.

The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., to honor the most outstanding men’s and women’s Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self” by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This year’s class marks the 15th year the award has been presented.

A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik has been a leader on the basketball court, in the classroom and in the community.

As a basketball player, she was recently named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player for the third straight year. She averages 18.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.3 blocks a game. She is currently ranked third nationally in blocked shots per game, 10th in field goal percentage (.570) and 39th in free throw percentage (.846).

In addition, she currently sits in second place on the Calvin career list for points, rebounds and blocked shots.

An education major, Verkaik was recently named a third team Capital One Academic All-American in women’s basketball. She carries a 3.67 grade point average and was a member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll last year.

She has also been active in the community. Some of her volunteer activities include serving as a mentor in the Special Olympics program, serving as a tutor with local elementary school children, serving as a praise and worship leader in her church and organizing a middle-school book club group.

Verkaik is the third individual in Calvin history to be named a finalist for the Josten’s Trophy and the second on the women’s side. Aaron Winkle was named a finalist on the men’s side in 2000 while Lisa Winkle was not only a finalist, but also the recipient of the (women’s) Josten’s Trophy in 2007.

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