The diploma that Morgan graduate Brittany Smith received on June 12 included lessons beyond academics. Throughout school, Brittany struggled to make good choices when dealing with her peers in difficult situations. At Morgan, she learned how to ignore negative behavior, stay focused on her academics and maintain a positive attitude. Brittany maintained merit status at Morgan, the highest level of achievement at the school.
“I’ve had setbacks, but I made it through,” Brittany said. “I really want to thank the staff and teachers here at Morgan. They really helped me.”
Volunteering played a big part in Brittany’s turnaround. She completed nearly 1,000 hours of community service in three years, working at community parks, local food banks and clothing stores. She also worked at her church and assisted in the front office at Morgan School.
“Brittany is a model student,” said Vanessa Funches, who worked with Brittany for three years at Morgan. “She advocated for other students and they looked up to her.”
Brittany finished with all As and Bs. She earned merit awards, the responsibility award and a certificate for her participation in Right Moves for Youth, a community organization that helps students improve attendance, behavior and academic performance.
She plans to attend Central Piedmont Community College.