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The Meghan Beeler Cafe: Origins and Meaning

Telling the story behind the Meghan Beeler Café and how it was named has been a goal this year for senior Randy Moore, FBLA Vice President and Café Manager. Fellow senior Chris Achkar, FBLA Secretary of Strategic Communication, has played a big part in implementing that goal this year along with Randy.

As the café began selling some non-food items this year, a water bottle with the wording “Meghan Beeler Café” was also made available for sale. This caught the eye of Mrs. Mary Harding, Saint Joe’s School Board President, at last fall’s open house. She knew Meghan and her mother, Mrs. Kathy Beeler, personally.

As she learned about the goal, Mrs. Harding offered to work with the students. She was able to speak to Meghan’s family throughout the process, share the news of telling the story, and gain their support of our efforts. With the help of Chris Achkar’s father, Alan Achkar, Editor of the South Bend Tribune, the plaque details were finalized and the plaque itself was donated to the school by the newspaper firm.

Margaret “Meghan” Murphy Beeler graduated from Saint Joseph High School in 1991. When her Notre Dame Swim Team returned from an away meet one very snowy January night in 1992 the bus they were riding in overturned and her life was tragically ended.

Mrs. Kristie Alter, Social Studies teacher at Saint Joe, knew Meghan well when Meghan was her swimming coach at Knollwood Country Club. She shared her memories with Chris, saying, “She was just fun. If I had one word to describe her it would be fun.”

“She was the exact person I wanted to be growing up,” she added. “Meghan gave back to the community – just an amazing person. She was also the first person I was close to that died. I had never seen the Basilica that full.”

Plans are in place to have a Grand Re-Opening of the café to share the pride FBLA holds for the Meghan Beeler Café with the plaque now displayed in her honor. This is set to take place after school on May 1st, 2019. Come celebrate with us!

Submitted by Mrs. Martin

Posted on April 12, 2019