Meet Katie “Speedy” Dakan, Chapel Hill Teen

Back in the fall, youth Director Eric Hauck sat down to talk with Katie “Speedy” Dakan about life, faith, painting, her nickname  and other favorite and not-so-favorite things.

Meet the Teen Katie “Speedy” Dakan

Fall 2017

What school and grade level are you?

Senior at Andover High, now a freshman at Wichita State University.

Favorite amusement park?

The internet

If you were going to be an animal, what would you be?

A dog

What three things you want to have with you if you were stranded alone on an island?

My phone, wifi and my computer

What is your greatest pet peeve?

Speed bumps

Scariest Disney Villain?

Scar from The Lion King

Why “Speedy” as a nickname?

I gotta go fast

What is a bible verse that means a lot to you?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

If all food in the whole world tasted the same for the rest of your life, what would you want it to taste like?


If you were allowed to throw one thing off the empire state building what would you throw?

A piano (then reverse time because pianos are nice)

What is one of the coolest “God moments” you’ve experienced?

This past summer a little after our second dog (both black labs) had passed away and we were missing them terribly, two black dogs came running into our backyard and greeted my sister and I. It turns out they had escaped from a neighbor, who soon picked them up, but we felt like they were sent from above by Donney and Shannon (our dogs) to say “Hi!” It was a beautiful moment.

If you were given 10 million dollars, what would you do with it?

Buy a camera and an iphone, then donate the rest to organizations i care about

Why do you have to ride in a wheelchair?

I was born with a muscle weakening disease so I can’t walk, and I have to get around somehow.

What’s the best part of driving a wheelchair around school?

Going faster than most people, thus, making it to class on time if i’m late.

Favorite app on your phone?

I’m a lil obsessed with my Instagram

What movie could you watch over and over again?


Have you ever cried at a movie?  if so which one?

Actually, I rarely cry at movies for some reason.

What comforts you when you are sad?

Spaghetti or any favorite food really

Have you ever sung out loud to a Justin Bieber song? If so, where?

Well, I would never say never

Best birthday party?

Painting clay creations

What is something you are really good at?


What is one thing you really like about Chapel Hill UMC? 

The crazy youth group and the nice windows in the sanctuary

Favorite hobby? 

Hitting things with other things to make music

Three things you want to do before you die? 

Make lasagna, make good art, travel

Where will you be living and doing in 10 years?

Hopefully doing something that both makes me happy and matters, including but not limited to: music, video making,  graphic design, helping others or writing

Age when you last went Trick-or-treat? 


What do you do to relax? 

Watch Youtube videos or take a nap

Would you rather skydive from a plane or stay on the ground and video the person jumping?

Skydive with a camera attached to me

Three words to describe Jesus as you know Him? 

Loving, peaceful, spectacular

Favorite Holiday?

Christmas and Thanksgiving

If you could only eat one food for lunch for rest of your life, what would it be?


Who influenced you most in your faith and walk with Jesus? 

My mom

What’s your favorite clip on youtube?

The entire Bee Movie but every time it says bee it gets faster, or any other current meme.

What is your greatest fear? 

The future. I don’t know what to do with my life yet

Longest distance you have ever run? 

I run endlessly from my responsibilities

Farthest from home you’ve ever been?


If you could be professional athlete what sport?


If money were NO issue, what would you do with your life? 

Do all kinds of art, particularly painting

If the President gave you power to change one thing about USA, what would it be?

Make Bernie Sanders president

Worst injury you’ve had?

Literally breaking a leg via my wheelchair tipping forward during production week of a musical i was working on.

Favorite board game? 

I like card games

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