This is the 38th year that the Shirley Gilter award has been presented.
Shirley Gilter graduated from Nashville High School in 1976. While at NCHS, Gilter was an honor student, active in band an chorus, a member of the National Honor Society, and participated in track and volleyball. Gilter also held several fitness records at NCHS.
After graduating from Nashville High School she attended Kaskaskia Jr. College and was active in volleyball, basketball, tennis & softball.
She graduated from KC in 1978 with honors and continued her education at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where she was also active in basketball.
17 years ago she was inducted into the Kaskaskia College Hall of Fame as an outstanding female athlete.
Her goals for the future included coaching and teaching P.E., However, on Dec. 20th, 1978 an automobile accident took her life.
The Shirley Gilter Award was established in 1979 by Helen Dude, Shirley’s former P.E. teacher and coach.
The award will be presented to the outstanding senior girl athlete each year who displays the following characteristics: leadership, sportsmanship, scholarship, ability.
The recipient must complete the season in at least two sports her senior year. The recipient of the Shirley Gilter Award is elected by the Nashville High School Girl Athletes who have participated in a sport during the current school year.
The recipient will be honored by having her name inscribed on a memorial plaque, which will remain in the trophy case on display. She will also receive an individual plaque.
This years recipient is Allyson Grabowski. Grabowski participated in 2 sports at Nashville High School: Volleyball and Track. In volleyball she received the serving award her sophomore year with 95% accuracy. Her senior year in volleyball she received all conference and All-South. She received the Rookie Award & was a state qualifier in track her freshman year Her sophomore year she was a state qualifier in 3 events and received the most valuable track athlete award. Her junior year she received the most valuable runner award.