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Former LA star creates her own award

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By Mike Cote

Between the end-of-year awards handed out by Los Alamos High School and other local entities, Madison Ahlers felt like there was a void.
And being the Coast Guard Academy student-athlete she is, Ahlers decided to step up and do something about it herself.
This year, Ahlers unveiled the award she created, the Iron Athlete Award. The award goes to the top graduating 3-sport athlete from Los Alamos High School.
The inaugural Iron Athlete Award winner was longtime Hilltopper standout Amy Neal. Neal, who will be attending the University of Tennessee to play women’s soccer in the fall, competed in soccer, diving and track for Los Alamos in 2012-13.
The award winners get their names engraved on a plaque hanging outside the LAHS athletic office as well as a cash prize which is partially funded by Ahlers herself.
Ahlers, who is currently on assignment through the Coast Guard Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said she had two motivations to start the Iron Athlete Award. First, she felt athletic participation numbers have been slipping at the prep level and wanted to do more to encourage participation at LAHS.
The other was that she wanted students to experience the benefits of participating.


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