2014 Dale B. Lake Presidential Award
The 2014 Dale B. Lake Award recipients at Kalamazoo Valley Community College are student athletes Julie Ryerson and Justin Goike.
Ryerson graduated from East Kentwood High School in 2012 and played volleyball during her freshman and sophomore years at Kalamazoo Valley. She led the volleyball team by setting an example of excellence, responsibility, and determination on and off the court. She was an Honors College Student with a 4.00 grade point average. She has earned numerous athletic and academic honors through the MCCAA and NJCAA. Julie will transfer to Ashland University in Ashland, OH this fall to continue her studies and play for their volleyball team. She plans to major in Business Administration and minor in coaching.
Goike graduated from Saline High School in 2012 and played baseball during his freshman and sophomore years Kalamazoo Valley. He also led by example on and off the field. He completes his academic experience at Kalamazoo Valley earning a 3.63 GPA. He also has earned athletic and academic honors through the MCCAA and NJCAA. Justin will transfer to Michigan State University to pursue a business degree. His career goal is to start his own business after he graduates. Goike was a two-year starting pitcher for the Cougar baseball team. As a freshman he also played first base. As a two year starter for the baseball team, Goike defined what a collegiate athlete should strive to be. He was a leader amongst his teammates, in the classroom, and in the community.
The Dale B. Lake Award began in 1970 in honor of Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s founding President. It is an effort to give annual recognition to one outstanding male and one outstanding female student-athlete. Special consideration is given to exceptional academic achievement as well as outstanding athletic contribution. Qualities such as leadership, loyalty, enthusiasm, reliability, and initiative are also evaluated. Although an exceptional first year student-athlete with appropriate supporting data could be selected for this award, sophomores who have made such contributions for two years will be given priority consideration. Each coach may nominate one individual to the Athletic Director for consideration for the Dale B. Lake Award. The coaches select one male and one female award winner. Winners receive plaques and their names are added to the Dale B. Lake plaque displayed within the Athletic office at Kalamazoo Valley.