The IHSAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award recognizes one student-athlete who displays exceptional accomplishment in the areas of academics, athletics, and community service.

IHSAA student-athletes in grades 9-12 who attend member schools are eligible to receive the award. 

Nominations may be submitted by principals, athletic directors, teachers, coaches, guidance counselors or other school administrators. Nominations must be received by the last day of each month in order to qualify for the next month’s award.



April 2024 Student-Athlete of the Month


Name: Jesse Van Kalsbeek

School: MOC-Floyd Valley

Grade: 12

Nominated By: Mitch Aalbers, athletic director

Sports: Basketball, Track & Field


Other Activities:       

  • TAG Program
  • BEST youth basketball shooting program



  • 3.5 GPA
  • Numerous dual-credit college courses
  • Academic All-Conference 



  • Basketball
    • Numerous all-conference, all-district, all state honors
    • Named 2024 Mr. Iowa Basketball 
    • Averaged 26 points, 11 rebounds per game for Class 3A state tournament team
  • Track & Field
    • Two-time state high jump qualifier



  • Volunteers coaching youth basketball and helps facilitate youth basketball tournaments.
  • Volunteers in BEST basketball shooting program there in Orange City for youth within and surrounding communities.
  • Servant leader in all aspects of school and the community.


Congratulations, Jesse! Thank you for being a great representation of your school and Iowa high school activities.

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