Memorial Foundation names Scholar Athletes of the Week for March 5

High School seniors Julia Freidrich from Wesclin High School and Ryan Culley from Belleville East High School were chosen as Memorial Foundation’s Scholar Athletes for the week of March 5.

The scholar athlete program, sponsored by Memorial Foundation in cooperation with Memorial Rehab and Sports Medicine and Memorial 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 weekly award winners from September 2017 through April 2018 will be eligible for one of two $1,500 scholarships to be awarded in May 2018.

Nominated by Ray Kauling, Wesclin’s Athletic Director, Julia, has a 4.4 GPA and participates on the volleyball and softball teams. As the volleyball team captain, Julia has received many accolades including First Team All-Area and led her team 2A Regional Champions. She is an Illinois State Scholar and ranks #1 in her class. She volunteers as a religion teacher, at a local food bank, Special Olympics and Mighty Mentor program.

Culley is on the baseball team and has a 4.7 GPA. He was nominated by Aaron Kremmel, athletic trainer. Culley received the Belleville East Baseball Cy Young award 2017. He is a member of the National Honor Society and serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Board.

Julia Freidrich, Wesclin High School and Ryan Culley, Belleville East High School