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MHS Senior Athlete Spotlights

Article Date: 
27 September, 2013 (All day)


Lizzy Stauder is a senior on the MHS Girls Soccer team. She has played soccer for MHS for four years. Her position is center midfielder. Lizzy has been fortunate to play on the varsity team each year. Her love for soccer started at a young age. She’s been playing on AYSO and competitive soccer teams since the age of 7. She has gained lifelong friendships and memories with her teammates and coaches through her time on and off the field.  She was thrilled to receive recognition as an All-State Honorable Mention midfielder in 2011.  
Lizzy has also been on the MHS Girls Track Team since her freshman year.  In her spare time, she is an avid half-marathon runner and most recently took first place in her age division in the 2013 Morgan Valley Half Marathon. Her running endurance has helped her excel as a midfielder on the soccer field.  Besides sports, Lizzy keeps busy with her studies, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. She hopes to go to University of Utah or Utah State University and major in science or engineering.   
“You are an inspiration on and off the soccer field. Keep up the hard work. We love you!”
John, Tracy & Jack

Shaylie Duncan is a two-sport athlete who is currently lettering in volleyball for the fourth year at Morgan High School. Shaylie is the starting Libero on this year’s team, who many expect to challenge for another state championship. That would make three state titles in her high school career. Since fourth grade, Shaylie has always been drawn to sports (volleyball and basketball), but her real strength over the years is her unselfishness and the ability to help make others around her better. She is the consummate team player who always puts the TEAM ahead of her own personal goals and individual accomplishments. Shaylie loves all of the coaches she has had over the years in both sports and attributes much of her growth and development to them for their tireless efforts and teaching. 
Shaylie is well rounded 
Having found balance in her life in addition to sports, Shaylie is well rounded, including academic excellence and service to others. Upon graduating from Morgan High School, Shaylie has aspirations to serve an LDS mission and then return home to complete her college education.
 We, her family, has thoroughly enjoyed watching Shaylie grow, develop and mature into the wonderful young lady she is today. What a great example she is to her younger sister, Camrie, as well as others around her.

Until moving to Morgan during her fourth grade year, McKenzie Schenk had never thought about playing volleyball. Finding herself in a community known for an amazing volleyball program, she started learning about the sport during the spring recreational volleyball. For the first couple of years, it seemed to be just a fun thing to do when she wasn’t playing basketball or softball.  But as she attended the camps put on by the high school, she was hooked and she found a real love for the game. 
McKenzie has spent many extra hours in the gym and has learned a lot about herself in the process. “Do what you love, love what you do.” She has also learned many great life lessons while playing. The priority for Morgan volleyball is more than just being good volleyball players. They are pushed to be good people, look out for their teammates and lift them up. The great friendships she has made with the coaches and so many players over the past four years is something she will forever be grateful for. She has especially loved working out with her younger sister Maddie on the team. McKenzie plays middle blocker and loves when she and her setter connect for the perfect kill. She plans to continue her love with volleyball and play in college. For her, there is just nothing to compare the feeling of being a part of two state championships, unless, that is….she can help get a third.

Laura Deru started playing soccer at age 5 on an AYSO team and at age 8 was accepted onto the Morgan Storm competition team, where she played on both indoor and outdoor teams. She started with the Morgan High School Soccer team as a freshman, playing varsity and junior varsity as a defender. As a junior, Laura was named a member of the All-Region 11 Soccer First Team and All-State 3A Soccer Second Team. She currently serves as a co-captain on the high school team. Laura is also on the track team, where she enjoys running the 400 and 800 meter races and the relays. She has lettered three years in soccer and two years in track in addition to receiving three academic letters. 
Laura has been involved in student government – serving as the junior class secretary and is currently the 2013 – 2014 student body vice president. She is a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.0 GPA, an officer in the Family, Career, Community, Leaders of America (FCCLA) Organization, a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the Altitude Club and the Service Club. She is currently enrolled in the CNA course through the DATC and would like to go on to get her degree in radiology. Laura has earned her Young Women Recognition Award as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in various leadership positions in the Young Women’s organization.

Casey Thomson has played volleyball from a young age. Starting with club all the way up to high school volleyball, she has always enjoyed playing this sport. She is always asking how she can improve and she has always tries to be the best that she can be. Casey is an all-around player and steps in when the team needs her. The positions Casey plays are DS/libero. She loves this sport because she loves her teammates and playing with them. She loves the competition and the battle they fight. All around she just loves this sport.
Casey’s family is super proud of her in all the hard work she has put in towards volleyball, and what an awesome student she has been. They are amazed with her each and every day and proud to call her their daughter. 

Cameron Gualco has been running since he learned how to walk. At the age of 4 Cameron stared playing soccer, but he didn’t enjoy playing to kick the ball around as much as to run. Since then Cameron has played many sports that involved running including basketball, football, soccer and track. But he found his best outlet for his favorite pastime in cross country at Morgan High School his freshmen year, where he has progressively pushed himself to better his skills and his time.
It makes my heart soar to see Cameron out there on the course running with determination and a look of pure joy on his face. I am so proud of the great athlete you’ve become.

Shaylee Ewing is the youngest of five children. Her parents are Dirk and Ronda Ewing. Shaylee has always been a self-motivated, goal-oriented, and very hard-working young lady. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has maintained high honor roll grades throughout junior high and high school. Shaylee is an officer in Future Business Leaders of America, a member of the Service Club, and she is the secretary for the 2013-2014 Troyettes Drill Team. 
When Shaylee isn’t busy accomplishing something she suddenly set her mind to, you will find her out looking for ways to serve others. It’s her passion. Recently she returned from a humanitarian trip to Tonga, where she helped build a home for a family who lost their humble dwelling in a hurricane a few years ago. It was an experience that changed her life. She also has volunteered for the Weber State Youth Guild, is a volunteer at McKay Dee Hospital, and has participated the past several years as a volunteer for The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, the homeless shelter, the food drive, Festival of Trees, and helped care for the elderly and special needs children. She has earned her Young Womanhood Medallion twice and still sets new goals for herself.
Shaylee loves to dance! She has been dancing since she was 3 years old (clogging, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop). She has performed many solos and earned many awards at various competitions. She also loves to cook, play the piano, shop for clothes, and spend time with family and friends. She is excited to be part of the 2013-2014 Troyettes and looks forward to a great year!
As her parents, we couldn’t be more proud of the incredible young woman that Shaylee has become! It’s been a joy and an honor just to watch her grow. We love you girl! 

Sarah Nye is president of the Morgan High Troyettes and has been serving on the team all through her high school career. Sarah has loved dancing, singing and performing since she was a little girl. She has been a light and joy to her parents, Mike and Jane Nye, and they are so proud of her accomplishments. She is the oldest in her family, followed by her brother Michael, her sister Anna, and little brother Jacob. 
Sarah has managed to keep a 4.0 grade point average every year in high school and hopes to become a doctor someday. Sarah loves helping and serving others and has done many service projects during her life. She finds that by serving others “you can find what true happiness is all about.” She loves animals, her friends, family, and her faith. Her favorite color is red, and her favorite restaurant is Macaroni Grill.
 Sarah has always been beautiful not only on the outside, but more importantly, on the inside!! She has always been an example by her kindness and her actions!
“YOU REMIND US OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL IN THE WORLD!” We love you...to infinity and beyond...Mom, Dad, Michael, Anna, Jacob.

When Kristi Rhead arrived at Morgan High School as a sophomore, she was excited to join a volleyball team and a coach with a history of winning and the attitude and spirit of a champion. Besides that, her grandpa, Ray Rhead, won the Outstanding Athlete Gold Watch Award at Morgan High in the 1940s, which has made her experience at Morgan High even more special. In her first year, Kristi enjoyed playing a key part in Morgan’s latest state title-winning team. Now, as a senior setter and hitter, she is ready to help lead Morgan in their quest for another state championship. 
Kristi is a competitive, hard-working volleyball player with a passion for the game and for winning. She loves competing alongside her teammates and being a part of a group that works together to achieve their goals. In her final season, Kristi hopes to continue Morgan’s winning tradition while maintaining her focus on academics. She is looking at a variety of out-of-state colleges including Johns Hopkins, Yale, Pepperdine, Westmont, and University of San Francisco.
 On top of her academic and athletic achievement, she is the best daughter and sister anyone could ask for. Grandpa would be proud of you. We love you, Kristi!

Erika Fairbanks was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised on ‘70s and ‘80s rock music. Erika started dancing at the age of 9, and discovered her passion at that time. Erika had a difficult time with the dreaded backhand spring until she was offered an I-Pod for a successful flip. She immediately mastered the drill. 
Erika became a Troyette as a freshman, and was in the competition kick routine when they took region. As a sophomore, Erika performed in every drill team competition routine and dance. The highlight that year was the Troyettes achieving first place, the national title, in Medium Military. 
As a junior, Erika served as the Troyette junior captain.  That year she took fifth place in the UVU Dance Solo Invitational. This year, Erika is the drill mistress and she is excited for a successful year and another title to add to the wall of honor.  Next year Erika plans to attend USU, where she wants to perform as an Aggiette on the USU Spirit Squad. Later she plans on joining an NFL cheerleading squad.

Candace Gunn is the daughter of Brian and Alisa Gunn and has lived in Mountain Green for 15 years.  At Morgan High School, Candace has been involved in cross-country, track, and band, playing the oboe, flute, and drums for the symphonic band, pep band, and drum line, respectively.  Candace has also served on the band council and is currently a president of the National Honor Society.  
This year, Candace has led the Morgan girls Varsity Cross Country team at each of their meets. She is dedicated to giving 100 percent at every practice and performance, whether running or playing an instrument.  Candace is also an accomplished pianist and hopes to major in music at Brigham Young University.
We are so proud of Candace and her whole-hearted attitude in everything she pursues.  She has an amazing ability to focus and fulfill her goals.  We know Candace will achieve whatever she sets her mind on completing, because of her willingness to work and sacrifice for success. Way to go, Candace!

Lauren Casper, daughter of Dale and Robyn Casper, has always loved playing soccer.  She began playing competitively at age 9 and loves the game and the friendships she has made with the girls and coaches.  She is a captain this year on the varsity team and plays defense. 
She also loves skiing, wake boarding, running and pretty much anything outdoors.  She runs the Morgan half marathon with her family every year and loves any new challenge or adventure.  Her other favorite pastime is reading.  She has read about every book in the Morgan County Library and many of them two or three times.  
 
She is a president in the National Honor Society and was recently named as a semi-finalist to compete for the National Merit Scholarship.