The Ashland Beacon
From volunteering to dancing to starting her own business, Meredith Addington has a lot going on for a high school senior. Her hard work and volunteerism is paying off with national recognition, as she has been selected as the Kentucky representative for issue 28 of Inspiring Teen magazine.
Local photographer Victoria Powell sent photos of Meredith to the magazine, and emailed her about the magazine and how the selection process worked. After being nominated to appear in the magazine, “They sent me questions and I had to answer them in 500 words,” Meredith said. Inspiring Teens focuses on teenagers who help their communities through their leadership, volunteerism and community service. She was selected from a field of about 20 to be included in the magazine.
Having an article in the Inspiring Teen Magazine includes the opportunity to be featured on the cover and win a scholarship, if she receives enough votes. Round two voting opens Dec. 17 and runs through Dec. 24. The cover and scholarship winner will be announced Dec. 27, and the issue is scheduled for release on Jan. 31. Anyone can vote for Meredith by going to www.inspiringteens.comstarting Dec. 17.
“I volunteer with different activities at my church, First Baptist Church Russell,” Meredith said. “I work mostly with the children’s ministry. And I started a fundraiser for the March of Dimes when I was a freshman that has raised more than $2000 over four years.”
In her responses for the magazine, the young woman explained that she has been on mission trips with her church to a rural West Virginia church to set up a vacation Bible school, and that experience really touched her. “I really feel like I got more from that experience than the kids we were helping.”
The young lady was also chosen as one of 20 to serve as Miss Kentucky Outstanding Teen. As part of that group, she visited nursing homes around central Kentucky.
Meredith said she “felt so honored to be selected for this, and that Vickie (Powell) thought to choose me out of all the pictures she takes of kids... it’s really humbling. And I’m so grateful and excited to have so many people supporting me. It’s an awesome opportunity, especially when you’re recognized for your achievements by the community.”
In addition to her volunteer work, Meredith is on the national champion Russell High School Dance Team, and dances for TJS Studio. She was chosen Dancer of the Year for her solo at the Kids Artistic Review competition. She’s also one of four finalists from her senior class for the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Award at RHS.
“It’s an honor that she is very deserving of,” said mom Christie Addington. “She works really hard and she’s focused on what she wants out of life. She dances at least 20 hours a week, takes dual credit and honors classes, and is involved in many organizations at school.” She is chaplain of the dance team, as well as the school’s FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) club.
“I also babysit for a family in Ashland once or twice a week,” she said, “and I give kids around here rides to school.” To top it off, Addington volunteers at Russell Primary, reading to young children.
Her work with children has inspired her future career choice – she will attend Eastern Kentucky University next year, focusing on communication disorders in young children. She hopes to open her own speech pathology clinic one day.