SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- John Bertram, the senior captain of Westmont Men's Tennis, was bestowed with the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award (from Westmont) on Monday at the SBART Press Luncheon at Harry's Plaza Café. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Bertram carries a 3.87 GPA as a chemical physics major.
Bertram was recognized as a NAIA and Golden State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete in 2013, has earned dean's list honors all semesters 2010 – present, and received Westmont's Golden Eagle Award for men's tennis in 2012. He also placed in the 98th and 99th percentile respectively for the American Chemical Society (ACS) General Chemistry 1 and 2 exams, and placed in the 100th percentile for ACS Physical Chemistry 1 Exam last semester.
On the court, Bertram has found tremendous success as well. He captained Westmont Men's Tennis to the semifinals of the 2013 NAIA Men's Tennis National Tournament in Mobile, Alabama, where he finished third in men's doubles in both 2012 and 2013. He garnered the title of NAIA All-American Honorable Mention in 2013, and received Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American honors in doubles in 2012.
Upon graduation, Bertram desires to take a year off to work and travel. He also plans to attend medical school – in Australia, Europe, or the United States – after that period of time.
Each scholar-athlete is chosen by the school's athletic director in consultation with coaches, academic advisors, and administrative personnel. Bertram was presented the honor by Marc J. Gamberdella, a past president of the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, and a current board member.