Feb. 27, 2008
SALEM, Va. - Junior Jimmy Bartolotta has been named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy. A national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., the Jostens Trophy honors the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year.
The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary motto of "Service above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This year's class marks the 11th year the award has been presented.
The top 10 finalists for the coveted award were announced on Tuesday by members of the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The club is responsible for the initial review of annual nominations and narrowed the pool to 10 men and 10 women finalists. The list found below will be forwarded to the 32-person national selection committee, which will complete the selection process by picking the two Jostens Trophy winners. Last year's winners were Ryan Cain of WPI and Lisa Winkle of Calvin College.
Final ballots are due no later than March 7 with the winning schools notified on March 10. The awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 20 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the Men's Division III Championship being hosted in Salem, Va., on March 21-22.
The Finalists are as follows:
Jake Baldwin, Piedmont College
Jimmy Bartolotta, MIT
Greg Bienemann, Washington and Lee Univ.
Andrew Olson, Amherst College
Kent Raymond, Wheaton College (Ill.)
Troy Ruths, Washington Univ.-St. Louis
Ben Strong, Guilford College
Anthony Williams, SUNY-Plattsburgh
Tyler Winford, Mississippi College
Trevor Wittwer, Gustavus Adolphus
Leigh Ann Burke, DeSales University
Colleen Feeney, Bridgewater State College (Mass.)
Liz Hickey, Univ. of Mary Washington
Lindsay Ippel, Millikin University
Nikki Lobach, Messiah College
Tarra Richardson, McMurry University
Megan Scheele, Edgewood College
Katie Streck, Wilmington College
Jess Vadnais, Gustavus Adolphus
Katelyn Whiton, Simpson College