posted April 26, 2012

Hope Honors Outstanding Senior Student Athletes

Awards as the outstanding senior athletes among Hope College graduates in the class of 2012 were presented during the college's Honors Convocation on Thursday (April 26).

Sarah Sohn of Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect HS) was presented the

John Schouten award while Logan Neil of Holland (West Ottawa HS) received the Otto van der Velde All-Campus Award.

The Schouten award is given to a senior woman who, in addition to excelling in athletics, possesses 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 contributions 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 the college's team physician for more than 40 years.

* An education (special education emphasis) major and Spanish minor, Sohn was a standout distance swimmer. She received All-MIAA honors four consecutive years and was the conference champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle every year. She was co-captain of the team as a junior and senior. She has also been honored for academic achievement as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is the daughter of Andrew and Claire Sohn of Arlington Heights, Ill.

* An exercise science major and psychology minor, Neil was a two-sport athlete serving as co-captain of both the soccer and basketball teams. In soccer, he was named the MIAA's most valuable player and an All-Region honor as both a junior and senior. He is the son of Matt and Kim Neil of Holland. In 1982, Matt Neil was the recipient of the Otto van der Velde Award.