Regan Keating Interview by Larissa Chelius Nomination & Photography by Dennielle Stull of Solid Rock Photos Ohio Issue 15
The Nomination: Regan Keating is an inspiring teen for many reasons! She cares about community. She has a sweet soul. She qualified for State in doubles tennis. She is much more than a picture. She is kind, understanding, and friendly to everyone she meets. How long have you been playing tennis? I started playing tennis when I was in 8th grade. I started late, but immediately realized tennis was for me! So naturally I played tennis in my freshman, sophomore, and senior year. I am happy to say I lettered all three years. I was not able to play my junior year, because I needed back surgery, which meant a 6-month recovery. At first, I was sad to not be able to play for four years, but the break from tennis allowed me to reflect on life.
What has tennis taught you? It has taught me to never give up. After my back surgery I did not know if I even wanted to play, but I did and worked hard through the season to eventually make it to state. Tennis also taught me about friendship. I couldn't had made it to state without my doubles partner. I am grateful for the friendship we developed throughout our season.
Do you see yourself playing tennis in the future? I had considered playing in college after some offers, but I think I would rather just focus on school and play tennis for fun in my spare time.
Do you participate in other activities? I tutor ESL kids after school once a week. We work on homework, play games, and learn a bible story. I also am a member of Youth to Youth which is a prevention club. We get to go to our middle school and help mentor kids on topics like mental health. Another hobby I have recently picked up is taking ballroom dance classes and salsa classes.
What do you have planned for your future? I really want to travel and experience new cultures. My goal is to become fluent in Spanish and work as an interpreter or become an immigration lawyer.
Regan was featured in Issue 15 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.