Megan Kath – Indiana Nomination by Angie Kath Photography by MWPImages Issue 51 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Megan has been involved in Scouts since an early age, beginning with Girl Scouts and finishing with Scouts, BSA. Megan has worked at summer camp teaching young scouts. Megan has been on honor roll every year in school. Megan volunteers for several non-profit organizations; from training service dogs to helping raise awareness and money for stroke survivors to assisting with the Riley Dance Marathon, and Junior Optimist Club. Megan has a heart of gold and a true zest for life. Megan took to the stage as a participant in several pageants this year to help gain self-confidence.
Tell us more about Scouts. When I was younger my brother was in boy scouts, I thought it looked like a lot of fun, so I joined my local girl scouting troop. A few years later they allowed girls to join what is now called scouting BSA. So, in February of 2019 I became one of the first girls in scouting BSA. It was very hard for anyone in scouting to achieve eagle, but I was determined to do it in less than 2 years. I went to every meeting and event and worked as hard as I could. Scouting BSA quickly became like a family, they supported me in everything I wanted to accomplish, and they pushed me to be the greatest I could be.
What is your favorite accomplishment in Scouts? In the summer of 2019 we were working towards a 60-mile hike in New Mexico. We did weekly hikes to train our bodies and while hiking we would learn things such as how to make a fire or pitch a tent and make food in the woods all with minimal supplies. We successfully completed our hike in Mexico and made many amazing memories I will never forget.
What did you teach young Scouts at summer camp? Before I was able to join scouting, I started working at their summer camp just so I could try to do my part in it. The first year I volunteered at summer camp I was an eagle quest. This is the place that new kids in scouting come to learn the basics of scouting. Tasks such as tying knots, chopping wood and gathering kindling to make a fire, and learning the basics of safety in the woods. The next summer I taught the same thing but added on to my schedule and helped at the lake with life guarding.
What is your favorite class in school and what do you have to study for the most? School has never come easy for me, so I have to study for hours for everything to get decent grades. I have learned that English and history are two of my most favorite subjects. This year I took a class called We the People, it is my first honors class where we learn everything about the constitution and how it was created all the till present day and how the founder’s decisions affect us. We competed at Regionals placing third and move on to compete at state with a brand-new topic within the creation of the constitution.
What will you miss about high school or your senior year specifically? When I came into high school I was starting at a new school. It was scary but Plainfield quickly made me feel like I was at home. I will miss how close I am to all my teachers because I know I may not get that in college. I will miss show choir and after school practices then rushing over to the basketball or football games afterwards with all my friends. The amount of school spirit and energy Plainfield brings in like nothing I’ve seen before.
Why did you choose MWP for your photographer? What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? When I wanted to model a year ago, he was the first to reach out. During my first shoot with him we connected so well. I think it is important to be comfortable with your photographer to be best on camera, and he does just that. The best thing about being a part of MWP images is that Mike is well known through my community.
Tell us more about your service projects you do training service dogs. A former local dog breeder got into training services dogs, and I was given the opportunity to work with her on a project that brought her service dogs into contact with several people to prepare the dog for everyday encounters of those other than the owner.
What are your roles pertaining to the Riley Dance Marathon to pull off such an awesome event? Being in Riley Dance Marathon I have helped in raising money to donate to Riley Children's Hospital and spreading the word for people to show up to our event in April each year to help donate there as well.
What is your role in Jr. Optimist Club and what is a favorite memory in it? While I don’t have a specific role in Jr. Optimist I still participate in as much as possible. One thing I have done this year was volunteering at the peewee baseball concessions. I got to watch little kids enjoying their love for baseball while also spending time with friends and making new ones.
Tell us more about pageant life. What have you learned from your experiences? I just entered the life of pageants this year and jumped right in. I had no hesitation, I signed up for all the pageants I knew about. My first pageant I was nervous and shaking and was scared to make friends. By the end of summer, I had experienced 3 pageants and I noticed my confidence grow immensely from them. I would talk to everyone at the pageant and made lots of new friends and ended up placing top 5 in my local Miss Morgan County Pageant. I have learned to not be scared or nervous and to do everything with pure confidence.
Look for Megan in issue 51 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!