By ANDREW NELSON, Staff Writer | Published May 13, 2010
Maegan Ulrich is the type of person who sees a job and gets it done.
When she wasn’t getting the necessary photos to finish a yearbook project, Maegan grabbed a camera and took the photos herself.
There’s also a whimsical side to her. As a stage manager for Blessed Trinity High School’s dance company, at a recent show when a spotlight caught her in action, she blew a kiss to the crowd and gave them a bow.
The senior is relishing her moment right now, not rushing ahead, and trying to help her classmates do the same.
“I am not really counting down, but I know a whole bunch of other people are,” Maegan said. “I am excited to leave and go on to the next stage of life and go to college, but I am kind of sad, too, because I am going to miss everyone at BT and just, like, the community that we have. I’ll come back to visit.”
Ending four years at the Roswell high school, she heads in the fall to Auburn University in Alabama where she’ll study in the hospitality management program. Looking to the future, Maegan says she wants to explore either nursing or event planning.
The only child of Barbara and Neil Ulrich, who work for the FBI, she lives in Alpharetta and attends St. Brigid Church, Johns Creek.
Maegan, 18, is active in all aspects of school life, from being an athletic trainer and raising money for Habitat for Humanity to serving on the BT for Life group and as a co-editor of the yearbook, The Aureus.
She also participates in Operation Pal, a national project to send prayers and cards to soldiers who have been injured or become ill while serving in combat.
Members of the Ulrich family have served in the military, so Maegan took to this project.
Over a Christmas break, family members wrote get-well cards. The project includes biographical information about the wounded, so the letters can be personalized.
“It was such a great experience and it felt good writing to people on the holidays that maybe didn’t have anyone to be with or wouldn’t necessarily get cards. We have done it a couple times and have probably made over 200 cards for the soldiers,” she said.
English teacher Paul Schumacher described Maegan as “funny, polite, quietly persistent, clear-eyed, creative, and that rare thing for a teenager: an independent thinker.”
As a yearbook editor, Maegan says she tried to treasure high school scenes so the senior class of 2010, years from now, will recall the often overlooked moments, like walking into the football stadium on game day.
“We captured the little moments,” she said.
Maegan wasn’t in love with the idea of attending the Catholic high school. She had her heart set on heading with friends to a public school. Initially, she was angry about being at BT and not interested in new friends. But over time, she decided to make the best of it. And that is her advice to other students.
“You have to make the best out of everything that you do. And I’ve had such a good time. I’d do it over again if I could, except I wouldn’t be so angry at the beginning. I’d be happy and excited to go here,” she said. “I’d recommend getting involved with your school because there are so many things that we do at BT that it’s just crazy. Make the best out of everything. Even if you hate a class, try hard and it’ll be over soon. So just make the best out of everything.”