Awards as the outstanding senior athletes among Hope College graduates in the class of 2002 were presented to two students during the college's Honors Convocation on Thursday (April 25).
Amy Brower of Hamilton was presented the John Schouten Award while Joshua Boss of Jenison is the recipient of the Otto van der Velde All-Campus Award.
The Schouten award is given to a senior woman who, in addition to excelling in athletics, possess other strong character traits and leadership abilities. The award is named in memory of John "Jack" Schouten who was a long-time physical educator and coach at Hope, in addition to serving as the college's first director of athletics.
The van der Velde award is presented to a senior man for outstanding contribution to the college in athletics, scholarship and participation in student activities. The award, presented annually since 1932, is named in memory of Dr. Otto van der Velde, a 1915 Hope College graduate who lettered in four sports and was later a team physician for more than 40 years.
A special education major, Brower was captain of both the volleyball and basketball teams. She achieved All-MIAA honors for two years in volleyball. She achieved Dean's List recognition all four years and was a four-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll honoree. She was also named the 2001 recipient of the Alvin W. Vanderbush Student-Athlete Award. A 1997 graduate of Hamilton High School, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randy (Cyndy) Brower of Hamilton.
A business major, Boss was a national champion breaststroke swimmer. He became just the sixth swimmer in NCAA Division III history to win a national championship in the same event four consecutive years, capturing the 200-yard from his freshman through senior year. He also won the national title in the 100- yard breaststroke three of his four years. He ended his career an NCAA All-American 17 times. A 1998 graduate of Jenison High School, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Randy (Deb) Boss of Jenison.