Teen Spotlights

Teen Spotlight: Regan Patterson

stats: 17, Senior at Alabama Christian Academy

notable: 12th Grade Key Club Representative, Baptist South Hospital Teen Volunteer, Varsity Girls Soccer Team Member

quotable: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

her story: Regan is a part ACA’s varsity girls soccer team, as well as Pep Club and the Student Action Leadership Team. In addition, she is a member of Key Club, and serves as its senior representative. Outside of school, Regan serves as a leader of her church’s youth group, and volunteers her time at Baptist South Hospital. When asked who has provided her with the most inspiration in her life, Regan explained, “My mom struggles from an autoimmune disease called Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS makes some things difficult, like walking and seeing clearly, but this hasn’t stopped her. She is at everything my brother and I are involved in, from sporting events to school field trips. Through all of this, she finds a way to be happy and always thank God.” In all that she does, Regan wants to be remembered as “someone who could make people happy even when they’re having a bad day.”

what’s next: Regan shares, “I want to be a pediatrician because I absolutely adore kids so much, and I also want to be involved in the medical field. To be able to combine my love of children and medicine would be a dream.”

PG (parental guidance) rating: “One thing that makes me really proud about my family is that my dad, grandfather, brother, and sister all served in the military, which is such a selfless commitment that not only means  a lot to me, but to others also.”

parents’ perspective: “We admire the way Regan handles herself and takes everything in stride,” Eric and Regina explain. “She has always been a leader when it comes to her friends, siblings, and younger cousins. She has a way of finding the good in people.”

parent-to-parent: “Parents should build their children up, and let them know that they are special. Parents should advocate for their children, and let them know that they can be and do anything they set their sights on.”

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