Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Kay Mikolajczak and Justin Call of Emory / Henry College
Named 2004 Jostens Trophy Recipients
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Salem, Va. - - Emory / Henry College's Justin Call and Kay Mikolajczak of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh are the 2004 recipients of the Jostens Trophy, recognizing the most outstanding student-athletes in Division III basketball. The two student-athletes will receive their awards on March 18 at a luncheon sponsored by the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia.

A senior at Emory / Henry College, Call is a native of Ronda, N.C. A Sporting News preseason all-America, Call earned numerous conference accolades during his senior season including the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Conference Player of the Year awards. The 6-3 guard completed the season with a 24.8 point per game average which ranked him fifth nationally. Besides leading the conference in scoring, Call was also tops in three-pointers made (76) and ranked third in the league FT category at 87.2 percent. He became the eighth individual in school history to score 1,500 career points and only the third to reach the milestone in three seasons. In three years at E/H, Call assaulted the conference record book scoring in double figures 76 of his 80 games played, ranking sixth all-time in E/H scoring with 1,732 career points (21.7 avg.).

His presence in the classroom is equally as impressive. As a double major in business and economics, Justin maintained a 3.744 grade point average. He is a member of Sigma Mu National Honor Society and has been recognized on three occasions as a member of the ODAC's All-Academic team. Also minoring in Psychology, Call was a 2002-03 third team CoSIDA Academic All-America, including first team all-district honors. This past weekend, he was named to the 2003-04 first team CoSIDA Academic All-America team.

In terms of community, Justin has a history of service to children including serving as a Bible School teacher and Recreation Director at his local church. He served as a motivational speaker for a local youth basketball camp and helped plan and organize a benefit basketball tournament for a double lung transplant patient. He has served as an active leader with a Summer Program for Exceptional Children (SPEC) sponsored by the Wilkes County (NC) United Way.

This year's women's recipient is UW-Oshkosh's Kay Mikolajczak. Mikolajczak, who was tabbed a preseason all-America by D3hoops.com, completed the season with a league-leading, 55.8% field goal accuracy and 7.42 defensive rebounds per game. Her stellar hoop accomplishments continued with an impressive 17.1ppg average, 9.1 boards per game and 1.25 blocks a contest. For her four-year career, Mikolajczak averaged 13.2ppg and shot over 55 percent from the field. A two-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Player of the Week in 2003-04, Mikolajczak was named a second team member of the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-America College Division Women's Basketball Team, marking the first time a player from UW-Oshkosh had been so honored.

A native of Franklin, Wis., Mikolajczak is scheduled to graduate in May with a degree in Biology and minor in Pre-Physical Therapy. She maintains an astonishing 3.928 GPA and has been a member of the WIAC's Scholastic Honor Roll for all four years. She holds the UW-Oshkosh Governor's Scholarship for being her high school's valedictorian and has been a member of the UW-Oshkosh Dean's List every semester. She also holds the Chancellor's and Brady Corporation Scholarships.

Kay has volunteered numerous hours with the local Special Olympics, Senior Day Care and serves an active role with ADVOCAP and local youth camps and clinics. She is the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) President and is active with the campus Gender Equity Committee serving its female student-athlete representative.

The Award

The Jostens Trophy is a joint creation of Jostens, Inc., of Minneapolis, Minn., and the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The purpose of the award is to honor the true Division III student-athlete - the athlete that shows excellence in the classroom, on the playing floor and in the community. In addition to the Trophy, the Wooldridge Scholarship, a $1,000 donation, will be presented in the name of the winner to his/her institution. The scholarship was named after Dan Wooldridge, a Salem Rotarian and retired Commissioner of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), as a way of honoring him for his long-time dedication to Division III athletics.

Minneapolis-based Jostens is a leading provider of products and services that help recognize achievement and affiliation throughout people's lives. The company specializes in championships rings and awards in addition to yearbooks, class rings, graduation products, school photography and corporate programs.

The 2004 Jostens Trophy winners were chosen by a 32-member national selection committee consisting of college coaches, former student-athletes, college administrators, business leaders, and selected members of the media. The national committee voted on the finalists based on three criteria: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service.

Past Winners of the Jostens Trophy:

1998
Michael Nogelo, Williams College
Alicia Moore, Emory University

1999
Michael Schantz, Hamilton College
Kristen Venne, Susquehanna University

2000
Korey Coon, Illinois Wesleyan University
Alia Fischer, Washington University (Mo.)

2001
David Jannuzzi, Wilkes University
Alison Grubbs, Lake Forest College

2002
Heather Kile, Swarthmore College
Adam Jones, Buena Vista University

2003
Whitney Bull, Wilkes University
Derek Reich, University of Chicago