Grants of $1,000 each were presented to 15 healthcare career students by the Auxiliary at HSHS St. Joseph’s in Breese during the organization’s annual meeting Thursday, June 22, at the Breese American Legion.
Awards were presented by Auxiliary Scholarship Chairperson Nancy Renschen who talked about each recipient and his or her career goals, reading from recommendation letters that referred to the recipients’ high academic standing, extensive extra-curricular activities and passion for serving others, among other attributes.
The awards were presented “in memory of” with hospital Director of Volunteers Judy Schrage announcing those individuals.
Of the 15 students, five are going into the nursing field:
-Alexandra Kennedy of Albers, attending Maryville University in St. Louis with a focus of pediatric oncology, given in memory of Auxiliary member and quilter Marcella Strubhart of Aviston;
-Abigail Krebs of Breese, attending St. Louis University for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with a goal of becoming a nurse practitioner and a possible minor in public health, given in memory of Auxiliary member Margie Heinzmann, herself a nurse, of Breese;
-Peyton Kreke of Bartelso, attending Illinois State University in Normal for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with a goal of becoming a nurse practitioner, given in memory of Auxiliary member Charlotte Sprengel of Breese;
-Jessica Peters of Aviston, attending St. John’s College of Nursing in Springfield to become a Registered Nurse, given in memory of Andrew Kruep who lost his life in a Jeep accident; (and)
-Madisyn Wuest of Breese, attending Kaskaskia College to become a Registered Nurse, then seeking a Master of Science in Nursing, given in memory of Auxiliary member and quilter Margaret Mondt of Aviston.
Two of those receiving grants are occupational therapy students:
-Anna Brueggemann of Breese, seeking a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Louis University, given in memory of Auxiliary member Sandy Jernigan of Breese; and
-Tori Voyles of Aviston, also in the Occupational Therapy program at St. Louis University, given in memory of Auxiliary member Fred Rakers of Aviston.
Physical Therapy is the field of choice for two of the students:
-Michelle Parker of Albers, seeking a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, given in memory of Auxiliary Board member Marilyn Heidler-Adkins, formerly of Carlyle; and
-Kirsten Thomas of Beckemeyer, attending Kaskaskia College to become a Physical Therapy Assistant, given in memory of Auxiliary member Bernadine Kussatz of Germantown.
The remaining six students represent a variety of medical fields:
-Audrey Beckmann of Carlyle, working toward a master’s degree in the Physician Assistant Program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale, given in memory of Auxiliary member Steve Timmermann of Breese;
-Megan Diekemper of Carlyle, attending St. Louis University to be a Radiologic Technologist, eventually a nuclear medicine and PET/CT scan technologist, given in memory of Auxiliary member Dick Crocker of Carlyle;
-Cody Ratermann of Damiansville, attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Urbana/Champaign to become a physician, given in memory of Auxiliary supporters Kenny Richter and son Rick of Breese;
-Alyse Santel of Bartelso, majoring in Speech Therapy at Maryville University in St. Louis, given in memory of Regis “Sock” Voss of Germantown, who recognized the importance of medical professionals and whose wife, Barb, previously received an scholarship from the Auxiliary at HSHS St. Elizabeth-Belleville;
-Michele Thole of Trenton, attending the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton to become a dentist, given in memory of hospital retiree and Auxiliary member Opal Golder of Carlyle; and
-Mona Zagorski of Trenton, in the graduate level optometry program at Midwestern University near Chicago, given in memory of charter Auxiliary member Trudy Husmann of Breese.
Also on the annual meeting agenda were election of officers, appointment of committee chairs and committee reports.
For more information on the scholarship program or volunteer opportunities at HSHS St. Joseph’s in Breese, contact 526-5351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.