Morgan Johnson has been described as an individual dedicated to everything she does and as a caring young woman. She serves as a peer role model and has especially distinguished herself as a history scholar.
Despite attending three different high schools as well as overcoming some family and personal struggles, Johnson has excelled academically while also demonstrating commitment to community service.
“Morgan is a rare find in this world today. She puts 110 percent effort non only to things that she enjoys, but to do this in challenging subjects and other aspects of her life,” said Henderson Bay High School social studies and core teacher Greg Brashear.
She became involved in volunteer work through Henderson Bay High School’s leadership class and has since been participated in various school and community projects.
“I love giving back to my community and participating in the community events,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to get closer to different people and make new friends.”
Morgan said her greatest achievement is her academic success as well as her growth as a person. She had struggled with depression because of family challenges, which had impacted her grades in the past.
“This year was a wake-up call in a way — I just really wanted to get good grades,” she said. “I’ve matured a lot compared to the freshman year. I’m a different person.”
A self-described “history freak,” Johnson has been volunteering at the Gig Harbor History Museum as part of her senior project. She plans to help with a special event in June at Gig Harbor’s old cemetery, where she will portray one of the local settlers.
“It’s a great opportunity to learn about the history of the town you live in,” she said.
She has visited several national historic sites, including the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana and Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
“I have never had a student with such an interest in U.S. history, relishing the thought of obtaining U.S. history memorabilia and constantly reading history books for pleasure,” said her core teacher, Marilyn Boyle.
Her favorite historic place is Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and her dream is to either become a historian or museum curator there, or a park ranger.
“I fell in love with Gettysburg. I want to make it my home,” she said.
She plans to attend Tacoma Community College for an associate degree in American history and then move to Gettysburg and pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree in history.