Rotary Club of Salem Announces Finalists for 2023 Jostens Trophy

Rotary Club of Salem Announces Finalists for 2023 Jostens Trophy

SALEM, Va. --- The Jostens Trophy awards have long been coveted prizes in NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball by both student-athletes and their collegiate institutions. We are one step closer to learning who will lift the hardware in 2023 with the announcement of 20 finalists on Wednesday morning by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va.

The Jostens Trophy honors - one for men's basketball and one for women's basketball - are national awards created by the Rotary Club of Salem and sponsored by Jostens, Inc., to recognize the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year. The awards focus on three major criteria: basketball ability, academic prowess, and service to one's surrounding communities. The Jostens Trophy models the Rotary International motto of "Service Above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of a well-rounded Division III student-athlete. The 2023 season marks the 25th time the Jostens Trophy honors will be awarded.

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The Rotary Club of Salem is responsible for the initial review of the nominees, which it conducts over a two-week period. The Club's Jostens Trophy Committee objectively reviews the nominees and uses a numerical system to pare down the pools to an initial list of 20 finalists -- 10 for the men's award and 10 for the women's trophy.

The finalists will now be reviewed by the Jostens Trophy National Selection Committee. The committee is composed of men and women from across the country. The committee features current and former athletic administrators and head coaches, past Jostens Trophy recipients, and select members of the Division III media. The committee will spend the next two weeks reviewing the nominees with the aim of announcing the two winners on Thursday, March 23.

Listed below are the finalists for the 2023 Jostens Trophy awards (listed alphabetically by last name):

Kendis Butler, Penn State-Harrisburg     Jack Anderson, Keystone College
Lexi Dellinger, Anderson University (Ind.)     Josh Angle, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Elyce Knudsen, Millikin University     Jeremy Beckler Carleton College
Emily Lauer, Allegheny College     Tyson Cruickshank, Wheaton College (Ill.)
Shannon McCoy, Kean University     EJ Day, Lasell University
Isabella Mills, Case Western Reserve University     Kasey Draper, Roanoke College
Jessie Ruden, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire     Jeffrey Hunter, Keene State College
Elizabeth Singleton, Clarks Summit University     Josiah Johnson, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Gabrielle Timmer, Calvin University     Steven Quinn, Hardin-Simmons University
Katie Titus, University of Rochester     Cael Schmitt, Coe College
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