Senior Spotlight: Amber Coon


photo by Justin Coon

Amber Coon has attended the Meridian School District for 12 years.

Amber Starr Coon was born on Dec. 24, 2001, in Decatur, Il., to Justin and Sonja Coon. She has a younger brother named Hunter Coon.

Coon plans to attend Richland Community College and then transfer to Millikin University to study nursing in the hopes of one day becoming a pediatric physician assistant. This career is perfect for her because she wants to help families and has a great love for children.

Coon has been part of the Meridian School District for 12 years and has participated in softball for four years, volleyball for four years, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) for four years, FCA for four years, FCS for four years, drama club for two years, and National Honors Society (NHS) for two years. Her favorite class in school was English 101 and English 102 because Christina Wherley always made her day. 

Outside of school, Coon spends her time babysitting and selling paintings that she made. She has also played for a travel softball team called the Mattoon Cobras for the past three years and a total of six years altogether for travel softball. She has played in two National tournaments and placed fourth in Pigeon Forge, TN., in 2018. Coon will hopefully play this July in PCB, FL., to end her last travel softball season.

A major memory from travel softball for Coon was when she hit a grand slam on June 16, 2019, which won the game and helped take the team to the Championship game, which they won. She will also remember the lifelong friends she has made with the incredible memories. 

Coon looks forward to being able to give life to her future kids and grow old with the one that she loves. However, she will miss the people that she has met.

Coon remembers that during her freshman year homecoming football game, her and Savannah Mendenhall ran off to hide in the girl’s locker room. It was at that place, later on, Coon would eventually become very good friends with Mendenhall.

Coon would like her fellow classmates to know that she hopes they all have good luck in their future.