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District Shines Spotlight on 2017 Graduate/Gymnast

Megan Gymnast From time to time, Pine-Richland features alumni. The district’s latest spotlight shines on Pine-Richland High School 2017 graduate Megan Monfredi, who has been selected for an internship with Special Olympics Kentucky in Lexington, KY.  Most recently, she was named to the 2020 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Gymnastics Community Service Team becoming the 14th athlete at the University of Kentucky’s history to earn the distinction.

Since 1999, the SEC Community Service Team has served to highlight competitors from each school who give back to their respective communities in superior service efforts.

Megan has recorded the second-most career community service hours on the Kentucky gymnastics team despite only being a junior. Her 33 and a half hours have been dedicated to God's Pantry, Read Across America, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics Kentucky, and Lexington's Garden Springs Elementary School.

Megan’s gymnastic career at the University of Kentucky has been stellar.  Megan continued her career as a walk-on athlete to the University of Kentucky gymnastics team in the fall of 2017. Kentucky is a premier gymnastics program finishing 12th, 9th, and 13th nationally while Megan has been at Kentucky. In 2020 Kentucky finished in 10th place overall for Floor Exercises.

Prior to attending Kentucky, Megan finished her Junior Olympic career competing through level 10 for X-Cel Gymnastics. She was back to back State Floor Exercise Champion as a level nine and competed regionally for 2nd place on Floor Exercises. She took third place on vault, balance beam, and in the all-around that year and finished level nine competing nationally and earning the 3rd place bronze medal on floor exercises. Level 10 proved challenging due to injuries, however, Megan competed through the regional level all three years as a level 10 earning medals at each meet. 

After visiting several collegiate programs Kentucky became her dream school. With the help of X-Cel, an assistant coach from Kentucky came to X-Cel to watch a practice after which she was invited to meet with all the Kentucky coaches on campus and was offered a preferred walk-on position.

Megan, as a walk-on athlete, has competed in some capacity as a floor specialist all three years.  While she only competed once her freshman year she traveled to all meets as the alternate and warmed up Floor Exercises at every meet including NCAA Nationals where Kentucky competed for the first time in program history.  Sophomore year she broke the line up a few more times which as a walk-on is very difficult to do. Her hard work and perseverance paid off her junior year. Megan competed in every meet as the leadoff for floor exercises. At the Kentucky athletic awards banquet better known as the CATSPYs Megan's contributions to her team were recognized with the Scratch Award, an award given to a walk-on athlete in any sport who has played a significant role on their respective team.

Gymnastics is not the only accomplishment Megan achieved. Sophomore year the head coach chose her to attend a leadership seminar and selected her as the secondary representative for her team at Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She moved to the primary role for her junior and upcoming senior year. In addition to that, she is the team student compliance representative. 

Academics is her main focus. She is a psychology major with a minor in coaching and is planning to attend graduate school for sports Psychology. Megan has made the SEC honor roll every year, has made the dean's list several times, and finished up this past semester with a 4.0.  

Megan capped off this amazing junior year when she was inducted into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character. This is considered the highest award an athlete at the University of  Kentucky is given, which recognizes the university’s athletes that go above and beyond in all capacities. The Society of Character annually honors Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation, and serving as a role model.

Megan competed for PR during her freshman and sophomore years. While competing for Pine-Richland she was also traveling and competing with her Junior Olympic Club Team where she had the best opportunity to compete at the collegiate level and finished her high school career with her club team.

In high school, she participated in Key Club where she gained a love of community service.