CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER

. . . respected as a competitor and an active member of the larger Westmont community. According to her coach, Carly “looks for every opportunity she can to serve those around her. After a service trip our team took to Africa this past May she had a strong desire to see our team continue to serve together. This fall she organized a day for the team to use their soccer expertise to work with the Special Olympics. Carly's character is revealed in the ordinary, the everyday—bringing someone a meal, the listening ear, the challenging conversation, the extra work, the example.” Not only was Carly recognized by her Westmont peers, but she was also chosen from among all institutional representatives in the NAIA as the national recipient of the Select Sports America Champion of Character Scholarship.

Amber CollierAmber Collier received the honor for our women’s cross country program. She was recognized for her leadership as the team captain as well as for her perseverance in returning from a broken foot incurred in the steeplechase during track season last spring.

As her coach Russell Smelley notes, Amber "had a realistic yet positive attitude about her condition and she maintained her hope of returning to competitive shape. She did indeed return to racing trim and earned a top 7- position at the GSAC Championships and helped the team earn an at large berth to NAIA Cross Country Nationals in Lawrence, Kansas. Her calm and steady manner encouraged a young and developing team toward individual and team success.” A senior and Kinesiology major from Riverside, California, Amber is a strong student, with a 3.65 GPA.

MArie TrudelleFor the volleyball team, which qualified for the national tournament in Iowa, senior Marie Trudelle received the award.

According to Coach Patti Cook, Marie “was a captain of the team and a true example of servant leadership. She embodies the definition of respect and integrity and strives to live her life in a way that is pleasing to God. She is approachable, peaceful, and hard-working. Her efforts on the court helped boost her team to back-to-back appearances at the national tournament."

A middle blocker on the right side, Marie played in over 100 matches (and more than 300 games) in her Westmont career. A senior from Portola Valley in California, Marie is an Education major, and currently has a 3.31 GPA.

Two other soccer players received major recognition as scholar-athletes: Alison Hensley and Christine Adams were both named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Women's Soccer team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. This is a Alison HensleyChristine Adamshighly competitive, prestigious award given to only 22 soccer players across the nation. As a three-time recipient, Hensley was chosen for the first team, while Adams was selected for the second.

In awarding our women's soccer club the national team Champions of Character honor, the NAIA recognized their commitment to service, including their work in Kenya and Uganda last summer as well as their efforts with Special Olympics and youth clinics. Coach Kiely had particular praise for the leadership of the seniors on the team, who often got in the back of the lines at meals and did not hesitate to be the first to gather the equipment after practice. At the outset of the year, the team set a goal to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.25, and they actually exceeded that with an average over 3.40. Quite remarkable for a season that lasted all the way to the final day of the national tournament.

Congratulations to all recipients for representing Westmont with such dedication and class.