Derby High School senior Abigail Monaghan is a member of the cross country and track and field teams. During track season she competes in the 3200-meters, 800-meters and occasionally the 1600-meters. Being a student-athlete at Derby High School is something Monaghan loves.
“What I love most about being a student-athlete in Derby High School is how involved in sports the school is. The district is very supportive of student-athletes, and the pride is strong,” said Monaghan.
That support is important, especially or a student like Monaghan who has family serving in the United States Armed Forces. Coming into her senior year, Monaghan was facing another move, but her parents made a sacrifice few parents ever face with their child in high school.
“There are many challenges that come with being part of a military family, but an especially difficult one is moving every few years. It can be disheartening when you have to move as soon as you start getting comfortable with a place,” said Monaghan. “I was a little scared going into my senior year knowing that I might have to move. In fact, my dad got orders to North Dakota. Fortunately, my parents decided to let me stay behind to finish out my senior year. I am beyond grateful for the sacrifices that they made for me to stay here.”
Being a military brat means a lot of things and for Monaghan, it’s meant being able to adjust to any situation.
“To me, being a military brat means being able to adapt to quick life changes,” said Monaghan. “After I graduate, I plan on attending college here in Kansas. I haven’t decided on a major yet.”
Monaghan said her parents have been roles models and have influenced her in every way possible.
“Both of my parents have been a huge influence in my life. They encourage me to be the best version of myself, and they teach me valuable lessons, even if I don’t want to hear it,” said Monaghan.
When she has some free time you can usually find her hanging out with friends and family, and watching movies at home.