Former Divine Savior, UW soccer standout killed in Missouri car crash – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Whitefish Bay native and standout athlete at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School who also played soccer at the University of Wisconsin was killed early Wednesday in a car crash in Missouri.
Meghan Flannery, 26, was driving north on the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 about 1 a.m. Wednesday when her vehicle crashed into two other cars, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She died at the scene of the crash. Authorities said one of the other motorists suffered serious injuries and the other minor injuries.
Flannery was a 2008 graduate of DSHA. She was a four-year starter on the school’s varsity soccer team. In 2008 she scored the goal that helped the Dashers win the WIAA Division 1 soccer championship. Flannery also played soccer for FC-Milwaukee. At DSHA, she ran cross country and played four years of basketball, according to her bio on the UW website.
Flannery went on to play soccer for the Badgers from 2008-’11 and was first-team all-Big Ten in 2010. She graduated from UW in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Language and Linguistics.
Flannery worked at North Campus, an after-school program in St. Louis. She was the director of the program’s learning center, where she hired and trained tutoring staff for elementary students, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Flannery worked with Teach for America at the Normandy School District in St. Louis before she began working at North Campus. Teach for America places top-flight college graduates as teachers in high-needs schools.
Teach for America released a statement Wednesday that said Flannery’s passion and commitment to St. Louis students would not be forgotten.
Flannery earned a master’s degree in secondary education and teaching from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2014.
Peggy Seegers-Braun, athletic director at DSHA, remembered Flannery as a dedicated student-athlete.
“Meghan was doing very important work in St. Louis that reflected the mission of DSHA — to serve others,” Seegers-Braun said. “She stood up for her beliefs and was a great teammate and leader.”
UW soccer coach Paula Wilkins said Flannery was one of her first recruits.
“She truly taught me what it was to be a good person and a Badger,” Wilkins said.