Morgan Donnelly, 17 Columbus North High School
Q: Who are your parents/guardians and siblings? Mother, Shari Donnelly; father, Rick Donnelly (deceased); brothers, Nathan and Blake Donnelly; grandparents, Beth and Bill Everitt and Jim and Marge Everitt.
Q: What elementary and middle school did you attend? I attended elementary and middle school in Tulsa, Okla., at Jenks Elementary and then sixth grade at Cascia Hall Preparatory School. After moving back to Columbus, I attended St. Bartholomew Catholic School for seventh and eighth grade.
Q: What’s your favorite class or part of the school day and why? My favorite class is journalism/yearbook because although I spend the majority of my day in the “pub room,” it is the place where I manage to learn something new every day.
Q: In which extracurricular activities, including music, sports or clubs, do you participate? I am a member of the Columbus North tennis team, yearbook staff (co-executive editor), Youth Leadership of Bartholomew County, National Honor Society, Student Assembly, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteer at Foundation for Youth.
Q: When you’re not in school, where’s your favorite place to be and why? My favorite place to be is at home because it is where I feel most like myself and can enjoy time with my family.
Q: What has been your greatest high school memory so far and why? My greatest high school memories have been from countless hours spent with my teammates. Joining the tennis team has been more than just playing a sports; I have created life-long friends and memories I will never forget.
Q: What are you looking forward to after graduation? After graduation, I am looking forward to furthering my education at a four-year university. I hope to pursue a major in communications and a possible minor in fashion and merchandising.
Q: Who in your life has inspired you, or whom do you look up to and why? My parents have been the biggest inspiration in my life because I watched my dad battle colon cancer courageously and when he lost his battle, I admired my mom’s bravery and dedication to making sure my brothers and I were always OK. Without them, I would honestly be lost and never understand the importance of persistence and having faith.
Q: What is the most important thing you’ve learned during, or from, high school? The most important thing that I have learned during high school is staying true to myself. With everything I have gone through and learned to overcome, it is important to realize everyday is a miracle and be able to live that way.