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Campus Connection - Proud to be a Trojan

Article Date: 
26 November, 2010 - 06:00

It has been said that “Pride is a personal commitment.  It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity”.    Over the past several weeks, I have had many experiences that I feel separate our community and the Morgan School District from mediocrity.  I would like to share a few experiences with you and also congratulate this wonderful community in which we live.  
A few weeks ago, our sports teams competed in state playoff games.  Our football team traveled to Hurricane to participate in the first round of the state 3-A football playoffs.  Our student athletes, cheerleaders, drill team, and many community members made the long five-hour drive to support our team.  Our goal was to come away with the upset victory and to advance to the next round of the playoffs.  As we are all aware, the boys came up a little short in the final score; but as the weeks have passed, I have realized that we came away champions.  Just the other day, I received a thank you note from a student attending Hurricane High School that I would like to share with our community.    The note read:

Dear Morgan High School,
A week ago, at the Morgan vs. Hurricane football game, my community held a “miracle in a minute” in my behalf.  Jars were passed around the crowds for one minute in an effort to raise money for my pending kidney transplant.  My family and I would like to thank your school and your community for the generous donations that were given that night.  We were AMAZED at the support that was shown to us by your school!  We are truly grateful.  Thank You!  
Joe Evans

As I have thought about this, I am so proud to be a Morgan Trojan.  It impresses me that a community that travels and supports our kids would open their hearts and share that with members of another school community.  
During this same weekend, our volleyball girls were participating at the state 3-A championship volleyball tournament.  As we know, our girls played very well and were able to win the state 3-A volleyball title in convincing fashion.  I was proud of the way our coaches and players conducted themselves during the two-day tournament.  I was able to sit down on the floor during the championship game and look up at the rows and rows of maroon and white support.  Again, I was amazed at this community and the support given to our students.  This type of support for all of our students separates us from mediocrity.  
The last experience I would like to make mention of occurred a couple of weeks ago.  The Morgan Education Foundation hosted an auction at the high school to raise money for our schools.  As I attended the auction that night, I was so impressed by the many community members that gave so freely to benefit our school district and students.  I would like to thank the many people who purchased items in support of our students.  I would also like to thank those individuals that donated money to fund a classroom or a program.  It is more than impressive to me to see the support of this great community.
I am privileged to have the opportunity to see the students of this community work hard and do their best every day.  We often get to see students perform in a sport or on a stage, but I want to congratulate all the students of our school district that take their academics seriously and put forth their best effort each day.  Paul ‘Bear” Bryant said, “Show class, have pride and display character.  If you do, success takes care of itself.”  I truly believe this statement.  We may not host the championship trophy every time, but living in a community with such great kids and community support definitely presents an attitude that separates excellence from mediocrity.   Yes, I am proud to be a Trojan!