Carissa Verkaik Named Finalist for Jostens Trophy
Monday, March 04, 2013
For the second consecutive year, Calvin College senior Carissa Verkaik Verkaik has been named one of 11 women’s finalists for the Jostens Trophy which is presented by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va.
The Jostens Trophy is awarded to an outstanding Division III menís and womenís basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community.
The Salem Rotary Club Jostens Trophy Committee employs a numerical rating to narrow the list of finalists so that the decision can be made on the most objective basis possible.
Last year, Aris Wurtz of Ripon and Taylor Simpson of Chicago took home the trophies.
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 fourth straight year. She averaged 20.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks a game.
She completed her career as Calvin’s all-time leader in points (2,236), rebounds (1,071) and blocked shots (440). She is now currently ranked third on the all-time NCAA III women’s basketball list in blocked shots and 14th in points.
An education major, Verkaik was recently named the Division III Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and also landed a spot on the Capital One Academic All-America first team. She was named to the Capital One Academic All-American third team the year before. She carries a 3.76 grade point average and is a two-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.
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. She is currently student-teaching at Potter’s House Christian School in southwest Grand Rapids.
Verkaik is a two-sport athlete at Calvin, also competing on the outdoor women’s track and field team. Last spring, she repeated as MIAA champion in the high jump and later qualified for the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the event for the second consecutive year.
Verkaik is one of three individuals in Calvin history to be named a finalist for the Jostens 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) Jostens Trophy in 2007.