Calvin College senior Carissa Verkaik Verkaik has been named the recipient of the prestigious Jostens Trophy which is presented by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va.
The Jostens Trophy is awarded to an outstanding Division III men’s and women's basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community.
Verkaik is the second individual in Calvin women's basketball history to receive the award as Lisa Winkle was also so honored in 2007.
Calvin is the first school to have two Jostens Trophy recipients in women’s basketball.
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.
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