Memorial Foundation Names Scholar Athletes for February

Elizabeth “Libby” Ahlers of Nashville and Nate Brede of Trenton have been named Memorial Foundation Scholar Athletes of the Month for February.

Ahlers, a senior at Nashville High School, has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Lifesavers and NCHS athletic department helper.  She is a member of the school’s basketball and softball teams.  Ahlers was named to the all-tournament and all-conference basketball teams as well as received the free throw and defensive player awards.  She is active at her church, St. Ann Community Church.  Ahlers works as a pharmacy tech at Nashville Pharmacy and teaches swim lessons at the local pool.  She also volunteers for Angels for Autism.  Ahlers plans to attend Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and pursue a PharmD degree.

A senior at Wesclin High School, Brede maintains a 4.0 GPA. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was named an Illinois State Scholar having earned high honors every quarter throughout high school. Brede also is an Illinois High School Athletic Association Academic winner, was senior of the month 96.7 FM, Clinton County Prep Athlete of the Week, earned team honors in math, algebra, geometry from the Illinois Council of Teachers and was homecoming king runner-up.  He also is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes serving as a huddle leader, is a Mighty Mentor and has volunteered for a variety of committees and functions at his school.  Planning to study actuarial science and accounting in college, Brede has been accepted to five universities including SIUE, SIUC, Illinois State, Milliken and McKendree. 

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.