Student Profile:
Megan Light, 17
North Springs Charter High School, rising senior

Like many children, Megan Light dabbled in different sports when she was growing up, but one in particular has remained a part of her life: softball.

“I just kept up with that more than anything else,” said Megan, the daughter of Mark and Lisa Light of Sandy Springs.

In addition to playing first base and pitching on the North Springs softball team, Megan plays on a travel team, the Atlanta Worth Cobras 16-and-under fast-pitch softball team, which competed in the Hall of Fame tournament in Oklahoma City last month (Megan turned 17 after the January 2009 cut-off date and was thus able to remain on the 16-and-under team).

“It was a great experience because we got to play in the same stadium that the College World Series is in,” Megan said. “That was pretty exciting.”

Although the Cobras did not advance to the national championship after competing in Oklahoma City, Megan said the team has another chance to qualify for the championship, which will be held in Sioux Falls, S.D., this month.

In addition to softball, Megan played on the North Springs lacrosse team until this past school year.

Throughout high school, Megan has been able to balance both sports and academics. She is a Super Honor Roll student, a recognition awarded to students who make all A’s, and she recently received the University of Georgia Certificate of Merit, which recognizes the top 5 percent of Georgia high school students. At North Springs’ Honors Night in May, Megan received the Phi Beta Kappa Book Award, which recognizes juniors who exemplify a high level of academic, ethical and social commitment, as well as the Sigma Alpha Tau award for a high SAT score.

Megan’s academic interests mostly lie in math and science, and in December she participated in North Springs’ Consortium for Math and its Applications (COMAP), a 36-hour math competition for upper-level students. Megan’s team was awarded an honorable mention.

Megan is fascinated by medicine, and she recently completed a two-week pre-college program at Emory University, where she took a public health course and classes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last semester, Megan interned at Northside Hospital through the North Springs mentorship program. She volunteered in the hospital’s emergency department every Thursday.

“There was a lot of stuff I had never seen before, so it was very interesting,” she said.

Megan’s extracurricular activities at North Springs include the National Honor Society and Beta Club, and she was president of the Jewish Culture Club, a position she hopes to hold next year as well. She will serve as a representative on the Senior Class Council, a division of the Student Government Association.

What’s Next:

Megan plans to continue playing softball in college and hopes to attend Emory University. She also has looked at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Georgia.

Once in college, Megan plans to pursue a pre-medical track, and she eventually wants to combine her interests in sports and medicine by pursuing a career in sports medicine.