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Rebecca Kamp Named Sheila Wallace-Kovalchik Scholar Athlete Award Winner

Friday, June 15, 2012

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Rebecca Kamp has been named the 2012 recipient of the MIAA’s Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Scholar-Athlete Award. She is the sixth individual in Calvin history to receive the honor. A native of Palos Heights, Ill., and a graduate of Chicago Christian High School, Rebecca Kamp lettered in volleyball all four years at Calvin. A middle hitter, she was a four-time All-MIAA first team selection and last fall became the first player in conference history to be named MIAA Most Valuable Player in volleyball three times (2008, 2010 and 2011). She also is one of only two players in NCAA Division III history to be named a first-team All-American all four years of her career.

This past December, she was named the Division III National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and was later named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in Division III, becoming the first MIAA student-athlete to achieve that distinction in volleyball. In 2008, she was named the AVCA’s national Freshman of the Year.

Kamp was a part of two MIAA regular season championship teams and two teams that claimed MIAA Tournament titles. In 2010, she helped lead Calvin to the school’s first national championship in volleyball, earning Most Outstanding Player honors at the finals in St. Louis, Mo.

A special education/elementary education major at Calvin, Kamp graduated in May with a 3.93 grade point average. She has been a member of the Dean’s List at Calvin all four years, a four-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and a two-time Capital One first team Academic All-America selection (2009 and 2011).

Kamp was involved in many community service projects during her career, including serving as a mentor for high school girls with autism in a program called Puzzle Partners, mentoring third and fourth-grade girls in a program at a Grand Rapids Christian elementary school and teaching Sunday School at a local church. She also served on Calvin’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for four years. She also participated in projects for Michigan Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and the Christian Learning Center.

Kamp recently was named the recipient of the Kay Tiemersma Award, presented annually to Calvin’s most outstanding senior female student-athlete. Next fall, she will begin teaching at Westminster Christian High School in St. Louis, Mo.

Rebecca Kamp is the daughter of Lambert and Lori Kamp.

Mike Harden, a swimmer for the Olivet Comets, won the Albert L. Diel award.

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