posted April 25, 2013

Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes are Named

Awards as the outstanding senior athletes among Hope College graduates in the class of 2013 were presented during the college's Honors Convocation on Thursday (April 25).

Libby Westrate of Grandville (Grandville HS) was presented the John Schouten award while Cory Schmidt Milan, Ohio (Milan 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.

* A psychology major, Schmidt is a four-year letterwinner in baseball. A pitcher, he has a 4-2 record this season and is 13-5 over his collegiate career. With a 3.95 grade point average, he was recently named to the Phi Betta Kappa national honor society. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Eric Schmidt of Milan, Ohio.

* A biology major with a minor in Spanish, Westrate was captain of the swimming/diving team as a junior and senior and was named the outstanding female swimmer in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) both years. Over her career, she was an individual MIAA gold medal winner 11 times. She holds the Hope records in the 50, 100 and 200 free, the MIAA record in the 50 free and competed in the NCAA championship four years. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Westrate of Grandville.