Jess Rheinheimer, Eastern Mennonite, Jr., Forward

Jess Rheinheimer, Eastern Mennonite, Jr., Forward

2015 Jostens Trophy Winner

Rheinheimer, a native of Manheim, Pa., helped guide the Royals to a 23-5 overall record and a trip to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament, where they fell to fourth-seeded and eventual ODAC champion Virginia Wesleyan College, 78-71, in the semifinals. However, the Royals earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament and defeated La Roche, 77-76, in the first round, but fell to Thomas More, 85-65, in second round action.

Rheinheimer was named the ODAC Player of the Year and the ODAC/Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her solid efforts on the court and in the classroom. Rheinheimer led the league in points per game (20.0), total points (560), and field goals made (211-of-417) and was third in three-pointers made (55-of-138). The versatile forward also grabbed 7.8 rebounds per game, including 175 defensive boards (second in the ODAC), and was eighth in the conference with 26 blocked shots. She was also named the USBWA National Player of the Week after scoring 29 and 41 points in back-to-back games during the season.  The junior became EMU's 13th woman to score 1,000 career points, joining the club in the Royals' ODAC Tournament semifinal game.

Rheinheimer's accomplishments extend far beyond the court into the classroom and the community. In the classroom, she sports a 3.96 grade point average as a nursing major and was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team, a distinction given to only five women in DIII.  Rheinheimer is an EMU Honors Student and a member of the EMU Student Nurses Association. She also studied in Honduras in the summer of 2013 as part of Eastern Mennonite's cross cultural program.

In the community, Rheinheimer has been a volunteer with various organizations over the years.  While in Honduras, she volunteered with Organization for Youth Empowerment, the Mama Project, and Mennonite Central Committee. In 2012, Rheinheimer volunteered with SWAP in the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky and YouthWorks in the Adirondack Mountains in New York in 2010. Rheinhemier also dedicated some of her time at Lancaster General Hospital in 2011 and has assisted with vacation bible school every summer since freshman year of high school at her hometown church. Additionally, she volunteers in the nursery and children's church in Manheim and has worked the girls basketball camp at Lancaster Mennonite High School every summer for six years. 

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