Megan V. Batdorf, 16, athlete who acted in school productions

December 24, 2004|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Megan Virginia Batdorf, a high school junior who excelled at sports and performed in theatricals, died Dec. 17 at Lancaster General Hospital after an automobile accident that day on Route 222 in Lancaster County, Pa. The Annapolis resident was 16.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., Miss Batdorf attended the Naval Academy Primary School, Arnold Elementary School and Ben Franklin Academy.

She was a junior at Gunston Day School in Centreville, where she was admired by classmates, participated in athletics and performed in plays.

"She did everything extremely well. In the winter she had her snowboard out; in the summer, she wanted to surf. Megan, for her years, lived a full life," said her mother, Lorraine C. Batdorf, a nurse at the Hospice of the Chesapeake.

"She was artistic and didn't even know it," her mother said. "She was a comfort to a lot of people who felt they could confide in her. She had a wealth of sincerity and the ability to care for others. She was a pillar to her friends."

Miss Batdorf performed the role of Philostrate in her school's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. She was rehearsing the role of Abigail in The Crucible and recently sang a solo of "O Holy Night" in her school's Christmas concert.

"She had a pure, high soprano voice," said her adviser and Latin teacher, Catherine Cunningham. "She was also a natural athlete, probably one of the best I've ever seen."

Her teacher said Miss Batdorf, who swam on the Naval Academy Aquatic Club's team, was working to cut several seconds off her best times. She also rode her horses, Anabel and Bella.

"She had a capacity for giving that was very unusual," her teacher said. "She liked to be needed. She was also a very competent person. She had a habit of arriving at school at 7:30 each morning when the others got here closer to 8. To fill up the time, I would give her a little task, and I would know it would always be done."

"She was wise beyond her years," said Jennifer McKee of Pasadena, who was her friend and horse riding partner. "She was a determined young woman."

Miss Batdorf played basketball, field hockey and tennis at school. As a child, she also played basketball for the Broadneck Community League.

"She had an infectious smile and a great laugh," said her father, Richard Earl Batdorf, a Northrop Grumman pilot and Naval Academy graduate. "She was self-assured, the center post of whatever team she played on. Part of this was her height; she was a tall girl. She was a great sidekick to me. She was strong physically and emotionally."

Services were held Wednesday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Arnold.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her twin 19-year-old sisters, Amy and Amanda Batdorf, also of Annapolis; and her grandmother, Connie Bellows of Northville, Mich.

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