Meghan Bell, a student at Lee’s Summit North High School, was recently named a finalist for Kansas City Power and Light’s (KCP&L) Community MVP Award. As one of 10 Kansas City metropolitan area finalists, Meghan is receiving a $1,000 scholarship. She is also eligible to compete for the grand prize — a $5,000 scholarship. The program is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Chiefs football team.
The LSNHS student was selected as a finalist from among hundreds of nominees. The 10 finalists are invited to attend a VIP experience at Arrowhead to watch the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Titans on Dec. 18.
The top winner will be selected based on online voting among the 10 finalists. The website, located at KCPL.com/MVP is open from Nov. 28 through Dec. 1.
Meghan was nominated by Nancy Nokes, current substitute teacher and retired Lee’s Summit North High School art teacher.
“Meghan is the most genuine, unassuming and giving young person I have ever known,” said Mrs. Nokes in her nomination. “I still remember her bringing me a ‘sunshine box’ that she filled with yellow objects just to brighten my day. Her friends shared with me that as soon as Meghan had a little money she would spend it buying gifts for others. I knew she was always giving back, but when I sat down with her to find out more, I was stunned at the level of volunteerism for her age.”
At Lee’s Summit North High School, Meghan developed and initiated a new club, Adopt a Soldier, last year. She has volunteered as a camp counselor at Heartland Camp and also at the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota working with children. She just recently signed up to volunteer for Reach to Read, an organization where she reads to children while they wait for hospital check ups.
In addition, Meghan has volunteered at John Calvin Manor, a senior living center, in the office as well as serving meals and picnics. At school, she is the community service officer for FCCLA (Family, Community and Career Leaders of America), is on the tennis team, was the Academic Award winner in art her sophomore year and carries an overall GPA of 3.5.
“Meghan also volunteers for various activities through her church and I know, without a doubt, she will continue to make an impact on the lives of others,” Mrs. Nokes added.
The KCP&L Community MVP program is designed to spotlight youth in the metropolitan area who are making a positive difference in the lives of others.