Kramer, Storkson Receive Hamlow Award

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 7th, 2016


HamlowAwardWestmont’s Evan Kramer and Karlie Storkson were honored at a banquet in Costa Mesa on Sunday as recipients of the Golden State Athletic Conference Champions of Character Award. The Award, named for the former GSAC Commissioner, is given to one male and one female student-athlete from each member institution.

Recipients must be at least juniors with a 3.0 minimum grade point average. They must be outstanding in “campus leadership, community service, embracing the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character Initiative, athletic achievement and future ambition.”

Kramer is a senior economics and business major from Santa Ana with a 3.44 GPA. A Westmont Golden Eagle Award winner, Kramer is president of Westmont’s chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics.

In the summer of 2015, Kramer attended a seminar in Washington D.C. in the Morality of Democratic Capitalism hosted by the American Enterprise Institute.

Kramer earned All-GSAC honors in cross country at the GSAC Championships and led the Warriors to an 18th place finish at the NAIA National Championships. In September, Kramer was named the GSAC Cross Country Runner of the Month.

Since the spring of 2013, Kramer served as a volunteer Student Ambassador to Westmont Alumni in the Orange County area.

In the summer of 2014, Kramer raised money to volunteer as a conversational English teacher in Taiwan for four weeks and Seoul for two weeks.

In the summer of 2015, Kramer served in an internship with the James L Stamps Foundation and in the missions’ ministry at the Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa.

In addition, Kramer has volunteered as the junior high worship leader and served as a camp counselor for a week at Forest Home Christian Camps. He has also offered his time as a volunteer cross country coach with Foothill High School in Santa Ana.

In the spring of 2016, Kramer will participate in a mission trip to Haiti with Westmont professor Rick Ifland.

Storkson is a senior religious studies and sociology major from Lynnwood, Washington who holds a 3.62 GPA. Like Kramer, Storkson is also a Westmont Golden Eagles Award recipient.

Storkson was a member of the women’s basketball team that won the NAIA National Championship in 2013 and reached the semifinals in 2015. As a senior, Storkson serves as one of the team captains.

Once basketball season ends, Storkson also competes in track and field and is a two-time All-American in the outdoor 4 x 400 meter relay.

Storkson served as a leader in organizing and fundraising for the women’s basketball’s mission trip to Uganda last summer and has been a participant in the team’s efforts to raise money to purchase dairy cows for a village near Gulu.

Storkson also serves on the leadership team for Westmont’s chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, with whom she served an internship in the fall of 2015.

In 2013, Storkson made a mission trip to Rwanda and Uganda with ERM Rwanda and Beach of Hope/Pilgrim Africa.

She has also served in the Run to Win sports camps, a sports ministry in the greater Puget Sound area that included camps for underprivileged areas. In the summer of 2014 and 2015, Storkson volunteered as an assistant coach for the Kings High School girls’ basketball team.

Next month, Storkson will be introduced at the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four as a member of the 2016 Allstate WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) Good Works Team. Only 10 student-athletes nationwide from all levels of collegiate women’s basketball are selected to the team. Storkson is the sole NAIA representative.