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ST. MARYS — For Memorial High School senior Megan Schmehl, life — for the moment — is all about school and sports.
Schmehl participates in cheerleading, soccer, and is on the bowling team at St. Marys. She played stopper and sweeper for the soccer team. Schmehl just joined the bowling team this year, after being recruited by the coach since she was a freshman.
“They’ve been trying to get me to do it for like, four years now,” Schmehl said. “I could never do it until the dual sporting came into play.”
When asked why she chose this particular sport and why the coach eyed her, her response was modest, but confident.
“I’m decent,” she said. “I did a mini-league when I was younger, so they knew that I had potential.”
Schmehl said she will miss her sports the most after graduation from high school.
“They were a goal to set forth,” she said. “They were a challenge, and I like challenges.”
Schmehl will miss her soccer and bowling teammates, all of whom are like family, she said.
“They all brought the best memories,” she said.
Schmehl’s plans for life after high school include attending college, with a goal of going into the medical field.
“Right now I’m going to go to a Lima branch of OSU and get just medical classes in until I can transfer to Columbus (OSU),” she said.
She plans on applying at OSU, Kent State, and Lima, and hoping for OSU, but will stay a year at the Lima branch if that path does not pan out.
“I want to go into oncology — pediatrics,” she said. “There was a commercial on the TV, and it was the guy nurse and he was giving (a little girl) her medicine, and he was singing to her ... I want to be not only their doctor, but their friend at the same time. I know it’s going to be hard, but I just want to make it better for them.”
Schmehl said the opportunity to see the children beat their diseases is something that motivates her.
The long haul that is medical school will be a struggle, Schmehl admitted, but said, “then again, in the long run it’s going to pay off, and that’s what I have to focus on.”
Schmehl is looking forward to “the freedom to get away” and the eye-opening experiences that being in college brings.
“I think high school is a protectorat,” she said. “Once you get out in the real world, you find out what it’s really like, and you’re like, ‘I didn’t really experience this that much in high school.’”