GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- Calvin College has announced the 2019 recipients of its highest athletic honors: the Beré Memorial Award and the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award.
Trent Vegter of Hudsonville is this year's Beré Memorial Award winner while Anna Kamp of Orland Park, Illinois, is the recipient of the Tiemersma Award.
The Beré Memorial Award has been presented annually by Calvin since 1951. The Beré honors the top senior male student-athlete, based on athletic ability, scholastic rank, character and leadership, and is selected by the school's male coaches and the members of the Athletics Committee. It is given in memory of Joe Beré, a Calvin student who was killed in a 1949 auto accident on his way to watch a Calvin basketball game. The winner is selected by the coaches of the school's men's sports and an Athletics Committee made up of students and non-physical education department faculty members.
This is the 46th year that Calvin has given the Tiemersma award--presented annually to the top senior female student-athlete. The award honors Kay Tiemersma, the first woman physical education teacher in the member schools of the Christian Schools International organization, and a pioneer in women's sports. Its presentation is based on athletic ability, scholastic standing, and character and leadership. The winner is selected by the coaches of the school's women's sports and an Athletics Committee made up of students and non-physical education department faculty members.
Trent Vegter hails from Hudsonville, Michigan. He is a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School. At Calvin, Vegter has been a four-year standout on the men's track and field team. Over the course of his collegiate career, Vegter put together an illustrious four-year career with the Calvin men's soccer program.
In the classroom, Vegter was a Dean's List student while majoring in civil engineering. He was named the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American of the Year and was named a Second Team Google Cloud Academic All-American.
On the pitch, Vegter was a four-year starter at centerback. He was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year last fall and received United Soccer Coaches All-America honors for the third straight year, landing a spot on the All-America first team. He tallied three goals, six assists and 12 points this year. He was named to the NCAA III Finals All-Tournament Team. He finished his career with 11 goals, 28 assists and 50 points. He was later named the D3soccer.com Defensive Player of the Year in men's soccer for the third straight year.
Over his four-year career, Vegter helped the Calvin men's soccer program produce an overall won-loss record of 90-7-2 that included four MIAA regular season titles, four MIAA Tournament crowns, four trips to the NCAA III Tournament, three trips to the national semifinals and two trips to the national championship final.
Vegter plans to work as a civil engineer in Kansas City, Missouri.
Vegter is the son of Kerry and Elroy Vegter.
Anna Kamp is from Orland Park, Illinois. She is a graduate of Chicago Christian High School. At Calvin, Kamp Kamp recently completed a standout four-year career with the Calvin women's volleyball team. During her tenure with the Knights, she helped the Calvin women's volleyball program post an overall won-loss record of 126-11 that included four MIAA regular season championships, three MIAA Tournament titles, three trips to the national semifinals two trips to the national final and one national championship.
She completed her career with 1,645 kills, ranking third on the Calvin career list, trailing only sisters Rebecca (1,868) and Maggie (1,782).
An outside hitter, Kamp was a three-time First Team All-MIAA selection and the MIAA's Most Valuable Player in 2017 and 2018. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 she was named a first team Division III All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. In 2017, she was named the AVCA Division III National Player of the Year.
This past November she was named to the NCAA III Finals All-Tournament Team after leading Calvin to the NCAA III Tournament final against Emory University.
In the classroom, Kamp was a business major with an emphasis in human resources. She was an eight-time member of the Calvin Dean's List and was a four-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and a six-time member of the Calvin Dean's List.
She is the daughter of Bert and Lori Kamp. Anna Kamp is the fourth member of her family to receive the Kay Tiemersma Award as her sisters Rebecca (2012), Lizzie (2013) and Maggie (2016) were previously so honored.