Lt. Governor Cage Announces September Student Spotlight: Brooke Morris

September 30, 2018

Vidalia, GA – Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle recognized Brooke Morris, a recent graduate of Southeastern Early College and Career Academy (SECCA), as the Lt. Governor’s September student spotlight. Each month, Lt. Governor Cagle features an exceptional Georgia College and Career Academy Student who exemplifies academic and pathway success, extracurricular involvement, and strong leadership skill.

“Brooke Morris is a talented and driven student with a steadfast dedication to personal growth and success,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “It is inspiring to see how she has taken advantage of every opportunity available to her at Southeastern Early College and Career Academy, positioning herself as a role-model for her peers on track to lifelong career success. I am proud to also recognize her as the winner of this year’s Student Leadership Award, a true testament to her successes.”

“While a student at SECCA, Brooke Morris’ work ethic, high personal standards, and integrity impressed staff and students alike,” added Shelly Smith, CEO of SECCA. “Her personal strengths are as impressive as her academic accomplishments. Her cheerful nature and openness to feedback means she’s always growing as a learner, an impressive strength that will continue to serve her well.”

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

"My name is Brooke Morris and I recently graduated from Toombs County High School. While in high school, my teachers and counselors helped me recognize all of the wonderful opportunities waiting for me at the Southeastern Early College and Career Academy. They assisted me in understanding that I could get a head start on college for free. I realized this was an offer I could not pass up, so I immediately enrolled to become a student at SECCA my junior year. Flash forward to the end of my high school career and I have earned twenty-seven dual enrollment credit hours and an additional three hours with the completion of the Teaching as a Profession pathway."

Why did you choose to be a part of your CCA?

“I first began taking classes through the Southeastern Early College and Career Academy because I knew I wanted to attend college in the future. I may have not known what I wanted to major in at the time, but I knew I wanted to go. As a first generation student, I knew I was going to need to be as prepared as possible. Therefore, I decided to equip myself while still in high school. At the time I would have never realized how far my career academy would bring me and how much it would impact my future successes.”

Which career pathway are you enrolled in and why?

“In the beginning, I enrolled in the Teaching as a Profession pathway rather unsure of whether teaching would be the right occupation for me. During my junior year, I helped in both a sixth-grade science classroom and a fourth-grade language arts classroom. Throughout this experience, I quickly realized I liked helping with younger children. The next year, I was placed in a speech therapist’s classroom. I loved working with the primary school kids and witnessing their progress throughout the semester. During my time in the Teaching as a Profession program, I was able to realize I want to work in education.”

What is the most valuable learning experience you have gained from your CCA?

“The most valuable experience I gained from my career academy is the hands-on work and shadowing. I was able to take part in helping children improve their speech and be able to shadow two great speech-language pathologists. While I enjoyed both of these aspects, my favorite part was being able to talk to the kids and build relationships with them. Without the career academy, I most likely would have never realized my love for speech-language pathology.”

What services/resources at your CCA have you found to be the most valuable?

“To me, the most valuable resource at the career academy were my teachers, both in my dual enrollment courses and my Teaching as a Profession teacher. Everyone at the Southeastern Early College and Career Academy was always there to support me and give me the help I needed. One of the many examples is my Teaching as a Profession instructor - she always worked with me and was truly willing to go above and beyond to help me. Also, she was very patient and supportive when I decided to move from the normal classroom to a speech classroom. The teachers and staff at the Southeastern Early College and Career Academy are more than deserving of recognition for their, often times, overlooked excellence with their students."

What are your plans after graduation?

“I recently graduated and I am currently enrolled at the University of Georgia. Throughout the little time I have spent here I am able to see that the Southeastern Early College and Career Academy has prepared me for the road ahead. With the credit hours I earned in high school, I am hoping to be able to graduate a little early with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. From there I will attend graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist. I hope to one day return to a primary school where I can have an impact on the lives of young students!”