Local student-athlete Jessica Lokotar has decided to continue her women’s tennis career at Grace College.
Lokotar is a recent graduate of The Indiana Academy for Science, Math and Humanities and was able to participate in athletics at Muncie Burris High School.
While in high school, Lokotar participated for four years in tennis and two years in basketball. During her senior campaign, she competed at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles for Muncie Burris. She served as the team captain and also earned team MVP honors as a senior.
Formerly, Lokotar spent two years at Warsaw Community High School where she played basketball both seasons.
“I chose Grace for their location, committed staff, three-year program and focus on faith,” Lokotar said. “I want to have fun competing in my favorite sport while maintaining a healthy lifestyle to better serve God.”
Throughout her academic career, Lokotar has proven to be an excellent student. She finished in the top 10 percent of her class at Indiana Academy, was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and also participated in 4-H for 10 years.
At Grace, Lokotar plans to study pre-med with the hope of becoming a doctor.
Lokotar, who resides in Silver Lake, Ind., is the daughter of John and Kathy Lokotar.
Grace's women's tennis team has added Huntington North's top player for the 2012-13 season in Taryn Wuensch.
Wuensch has been the No. 1 singles player for Huntington North the last three years, earning First Team All-Conference honors in the North Central Conference at the conclusion of both her sophomore and junior campaigns.
"I really enjoyed the atmosphere on Grace's campus, and I think it is the best fit for the direction I am looking to go," Wuensch said. "I'm looking forward to completing my degree while excelling as far as possible with the tennis program."
Wuensch has won NCC Athlete of the Week honors and the team's Sportsmanship Award during her time at Huntington North. She is a member of the National Honor Society as well.
While at Grace, she plans to study Biblical studies. She is the daughter of Tim Wuensch and Rosie Hall.
Summer Niverson has decided to continue her tennis career at Grace College in the fall of 2012.
Niverson has been the No. 1 doubles player for Mississinewa High School for the past two years. As a junior, she posted a record of 17-6 in doubles play to earn Central Indiana Athletic All-Conference honors.
"I was really looking for a smaller Christian college with a positive atmosphere where I felt like I could develop my relationship with Christ, and Grace seemed like the perfect place," Niverson said. "I want to improve my tennis game and help the team improve as each season progresses."
Outside of athletics, Niverson has been a member of the school's high honor roll the past four years as well as the National Honor Society for the past two years.
"Summer is a hard worker who loves the game of tennis. She is always willing to help our program in any way she can," said Mississinewa head coach Bruce Fleming. "Her work ethic has helped her become as successful on the court as she is off the court."
Niverson, who is the daughter of Bill and Geanine Niverson, plans to major in English education at Grace.