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Name: Megan Kraft

Age and place of birth: 24 years old, Dallas.

Family: My father, John, is a State Farm Insurance agent in Plano, Texas; my mother, Nancy, is a homemaker; my fiancé, Matthew, is a claims adjuster for State Farm; my father, John, is a State Farm Insurance agent in Plano, Texas; my mother, Nancy, is a homemaker; my fiancé, Matthew is a claims adjuster for State Farm; my oldest brother, J.R., is the owner of BuildASign.com and lives here in Austin with his wife, Jill; my brother, Michael, is a seinior strategic analyst and lives Manhattan Beach, Calif., with his wife, Stephanie; and my brother, Billy, is a junior at University of San Diego.31-chat-Megan-Kraft

Education: I graduated from high school in 2007 from Ursuline Academy in Dallas. I earned my bachelor of arts degree in communication studies and minor in public relations from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind.

Occupation: I am the communications assistant and head cheer coach at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy.

Civic or other nonprofit activities: St. Mary’s College Alumnae Club of Austin, volunteer for Citizen Generation

What is your favorite business in the Westbank? St. Michael’s of course. It’s an amazing community with wonderful families. It’s a great place to work and coach.

Hobbies: I enjoy scrapbooking, reading fashion magazines, traveling, Pinterest, playing with our dog, Kasey, and currently wedding planning.

What qualities in people draw you to be their friend? A sense of humor; I love being able to laugh and joke around with my friends.

I have a knack for: Arts and crafts. Although my projects are simple, I love creating new things for my apartment, making collages and pieces of art.

The one thing I’d like to change about the Westbank is: Traffic.

Most significant or interesting job: I interned at an NBC affiliate station in college. I went out in the field with reporters and wrote stories for the nightly news. It was exciting because you never knew what each day would bring. We reported at crime scenes, political events, county jails, tailgates and everywhere else you could imagine. I learned a lot about reporting, and it was fun at the same time.

Excluding family members, who influenced you most and why? I’ve had two friends from high school pass away since graduation. Their passing has really taught me to appreciate each day and to live life to the fullest. They lived like that, and I’ll never forget it.

What is one interesting fact about you that people probably don’t know? I love guacamole. I would eat it all day, every day if I could.

What is your fondest childhood memory? I loved Christmas morning with my brothers. We would all have to wait for everyone to be awake, robes and slippers on, and then my dad had to check and see if Santa had visited the house. Even though we’re each four years apart, it didn’t matter – we all got into it and still do.

A bad habit I have is: Overbooking myself. I love being busy, but saying no is not one of my strong suits.

If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? I would ask for peace. There is too much death and destruction in our world.

My pet peeve is: Bad fashion sense. For example, socks with sandals. It kills me.

If you could sit down and ask questions of anyone (living or dead), who would it be and why? My maternal grandfather. He passed away when my mom was in high school. He worked in the retail industry and I think that’s where I get my passion for fashion. I can only imagine how wonderful my grandfather was because my grandmother is one of the most amazing people I know.

Most exciting or dangerous thing I’ve ever done: Planning my wedding – it’s been the most exciting, challenging and, in six months, most rewarding experience ever.

Life’s most challenging endeavor is: Having faith in a world of chaos.

If you were stranded on an uninhabited island, with no means of communication or escape, what is one thing that you would you like to have? A tent; I hate bugs and can’t imagine sleeping outside with all of the island creatures.

Is there anything that you passed up on doing that you now regret? I wish I hadn’t quit ballet in high school. As much as I love/loved cheerleading, I was a natural ballerina from an early age. I miss it.

How would you like to be remembered? I want to be remembered as that friend who was always there in good times and bad and as someone who went the extra distance to cheer someone up, listen to their story or give a helping hand.

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