COLUMBUS — Maggie Feehan stands out at Scotus Central Catholic.
And that’s saying something when you attend a school where strong academics, community service and athletic success are expectations.
Feehan, who turned 18 earlier this week, excels in all three areas while defining what it means to be a Shamrock.
“Maggie is a really hard worker. I think she has a really good understanding that in order to be successful there are no shortcuts,” said Scotus President Jeff Ohnoutka, who called Feehan a leader for the senior class.
The straight-A student and multisport athlete said she’s just trying to set a good example and show other students that athletic and academic achievements can be reached simultaneously.
“Working hard in school and every activity you do can really help you down the road and help others,” she said.
At Scotus, there are plenty of activities to get involved with.
Feehan is the student council president, a National Honor Society inductee and member of the school’s journalism program. She’s also been in the art club and school musical and served as a JC Camp counselor.
One of her favorite extracurricular activities is Godparents, which pairs Scotus students with local families who welcome the high schoolers into their homes to share their faith.
“It’s just really fun being with their family and their kids,” Feehan said. “It’s a good experience.”
In athletics, she’s played volleyball, soccer and basketball for the Shamrocks and volunteered at youth basketball camps.
She’s been a part of three state-qualifying soccer teams and the Scotus girls basketball team made the state tournament last season and is currently ranked seventh in Class C-1.
As a freshman, Feehan and the Shamrock volleyball team traveled to Pilger to help with the cleanup effort after much of that community was leveled by a tornado in 2014.
“It was just really eye-opening,” she said of the destruction.
Regardless of the activity, Ohnoutka said Feehan never shies away from leadership roles at Scotus.
“I think she has a great mix of personality and charisma that allows her to be in those positions of leadership,” he said.
Feehan, who maintains a perfect 4.0 grade-point average while taking advanced courses and working part time at Godfather’s Pizza, has a simple approach to tackling so many responsibilities at once.
“You make time for things that are important to you and people who are important to you,” she said.
She also gets plenty of encouragement.
“I think Scotus is a really good place that really pushes you to be the best you can be,” Feehan said. “I also have great parents who always support me in whatever I do.”
The Scotus senior, whose parents are Pat and Kelly Feehan, plans to study occupational therapy in college, although she hasn’t selected a school or decided whether she’d like to continue playing sports.
“I’m keeping my options open,” she said.