Megan is part of the Shorecrest Global Scholars Initiative
(GSI), a program that provides students opportunities to study world cultures through enhanced academic coursework and attendance of lectures and presentations on global issues. During her junior year, after enrolling in a Sub-Saharan Africa course at Shorecrest, Megan was so moved by the concepts of the class, that she and another student lobbied the school administration to have time off from classes to travel to South Africa on a two-week service trip
. They planned much of the trip themselves as part of their GSI capstone project.
“We traveled to schools in small villages around South Africa, bringing much-needed food, clothes, and toiletries, and helping to improve school facilities,” Megan explains. “When I look back at my Shorecrest career, my involvement in [that service project] is what I can be most proud of.”
One of her teachers perhaps says it best, “Megan’s humanistic impulse is simply sterling.” Her involvement in creating and executing a trip of such magnitude, truly demonstrates a profound commitment to service - something that has been instilled in her at Shorecrest from a very young age. From making quilts for local shelters in kindergarten, to buying presents for children in foster care through the annual Shorecrest holiday gift drive, Megan has learned the importance of “giving back” from the time she walked onto campus.
As a Shorecrest “Lifer” (a student who has attended Shorecrest for 12 or more years), and the daughter of a Shorecrest alumna, Megan has grown up in “the Shorecrest bubble.” She explains, “I’m so comfortable here. I can go up to anyone in my grade and talk to them and it feels so so natural. I know everyone, and everyone knows me. My brother and sister have some of the same teachers who taught me, and some of my teachers taught my mom!” Megan knows that being part of the nurturing, inclusive Shorecrest community is what she’ll miss the most.
At the same time, she is excited to open the next chapter of her life as she begins her college career as a student at the University of Florida. “It’s kind of contradictory, but I’m so excited to meet new people and have new experiences.” But don’t be surprised if you see Megan back in St. Petersburg in a few years. As excited as she is to have new experiences elsewhere, “I would love to come back to St. Petersburg and start my life here.” She’s not sure exactly what she wants to do yet, but all who know Megan know that with her caring heart and sharp intellect, she’ll find success in whatever she pursues.