Ann Arbor’s Jason Kerst is netting big returns at the University of Iowa. Kerst, who graduated from Skyline in 2016 with a 3.90 GPA and a tennis scholarship to the Big10 school, was recently recognized for his academic and athletic accomplishments by being named “Hawkeye of the Year.”
The award, given to a male and female athlete, encompasses the athletic department core values of “win, graduate, do it right” that focuses on athletic and academic achievement, as well as community service engagement.
Kerst, who is 19-14 overall in singles competitions at Iowa, served as an intern this season with Kara Park in Academic Services and has been involved in organizing the Golden Herkys, PCA fall and spring banquets, career fair, MLK Day of Service Town Hall and Bowling Social, and Fuels Stops. Kerst is the recipient of three academic scholarships, including the Henry B. Tippie Undergraduate Business Scholarship. He also was an ITA Academic All-America selection and PCA Medal of Honor recipient.
“Working on the marketing team for Golden Herkys has been an amazing experience,” said Kerst. “Morgan Rafferty and I enjoyed every second of scripting and filming the promotional videos for the show. The Golden Herkys is an incredibly special event because it is planned and put on for student-athletes, by student-athletes.”
During his spring season, Kerst won all four singles matches and won his only doubles match with partner Josh Silverstein. In the fall, he won three singles matches and competed in two doubles matches.
Last spring, Kerst went 5-5 in singles action at No. 6. He won three of his final four singles matches of the season, including wins over players from Butler and Michigan State.
In the fall of 2016, he won seven singles matches and two doubles matches.
The son of Heidi and Joshua Kerst, Jason earned Academic All-Big Ten honors this past season. He is an Honors student majoring in Leadership Management and minoring in Spanish and Sports and Recreation Management.
At Skyline, Kerst played No. 1 singles his freshman year, which was the first time that the team reached States in school history. He was ranked in the top 100 in the nation, and was ranked internationally as well.