Memorial Foundation Names Scholar Athletes for April

Jenna Harris of Nashville and Will VanAlstine of O’Fallon have been named Memorial Foundation Scholar Athletes of the Month for April.

Harris, a senior at Nashville Community High School, has a 3.79 GPA and participates in volleyball and softball.  She has earned All-Conference and All-Area honors for her skills on the softball field as well as played on her school’s volleyball team finishing fourth in the Illinois High School Association 2018 State tournament.  She was co-MVP for the 2019 Hornette Award in volleyball and was a member of the all-South conference volleyball team. Harris is a member of the National Honor Society, on the honor roll, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Lifesavers. She volunteers as a Vacation Bible School teacher, an aide for the grade school’s volleyball, softball and basketball practices, Optimist Club and Washington County Fair as an auction volunteer and concession worker.  Harris plans to attend Missouri State University to major in psychology and bio-med.  She then plans to enter a graduate school program to pursue a degree and career in occupational therapy.  Harris was inspired to pursue this profession after watching a dear friend of hers suffering from Leukemia benefit greatly from working with an occupational therapist.

A senior at O’Fallon High School, Will VanAlstine has a 3.6 GPA and participates in cross country and track. A 2019 MVP in cross country, he is a four-time state qualifier in cross country as well as a member of the all-conference and all-Metro teams for four years.  VanAlstine is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club Officer and Athletic Leadership Council. He is a volunteer track coach for Holy Trinity Middle School.  He plans to attend Xavier University where he was offered a position on the Cross Country and Track teams and received an academic merit scholarship.

The scholar athlete program, sponsored by Memorial Foundation in cooperation with Memorial Rehab and Sports Medicine and BJC Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine recognizes one male and one female senior scholar athlete from a high school in Memorial’s primary and selected secondary service area. The monthly award winners from September 2018 through April 2019 will be eligible for one of two $1,500 scholarships to be awarded in May 2019.