Memorial Foundation names Scholar Athletes for October

John Philip Adams of Columbia and Isabella Combs of Marissa have been named Memorial Foundation Scholar Athletes of the Month for October.

John Philip Adams of Columbia and Isabella Combs of Marissa have been named Memorial Foundation Scholar Athletes of the Month for October. 

Adams, a senior at Gibault Catholic High School, has a 4.39 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, achieved a 34 composite score on the ACT exam and plays on the school’s soccer, basketball and golf teams. A member of the National Honor Society, he also is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, concert, jazz and pep bands, is math team captain and earned first place in the Illinois Math Contest. He also is involved in musical theatre appearing in 26 shows since third grade. Adams is active in his church Immaculate Conception serving as a lector and liturgical choir.  He volunteers with a group dedicated to giving the opportunity to people with special needs or disabilities to play soccer and has participated in a clean-up day in Washington Park. Adams aspires to be an engineer he says that blossomed out of his interest in science and math. His main goal is to leave a positive impact on the world. He notes that he has many ideas on ways to improve the world and feels majoring in mechanical engineering will be a great first step in his path to change the world.

Combs, a senior at Marissa High School, participates in volleyball, softball and swimming while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and having three part-time jobs. She has received numerous awards for her sports abilities as well as is a member of the Beta Club, Stand for the Silent (anti-bullying group), Spanish Club, Math Club, Scholar Bowl and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Combs volunteers assisting with a variety of programs including Future Farmers of America pancake breakfast, senior citizen bingo, special needs dance, Christmas lunch and the Freeburg swim team.

When she graduates from high school in May, Combs also will have earned an associate’s degree in science from Southwestern Illinois College. She plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering at either Vanderbilt, Auburn or University of Florida. She notes that engineering and science related occupations are held predominately by males; it is her hope to change that and encourage other high school girls to look at a science as a future career choice.   

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.