Morgan Academy senior Rachael Sherrer is the school’s 2011 valedictorian. The accomplished student plans to attend the University of Alabama in the fall and later pursue a medical degree in ophthalmology. Morgan Academy is set to host their graduation ceremonies Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. -- Desiree Taylor

Sherrer has clear vision on goals

Published 11:46pm Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles spotlighting the valedictorians from each of the schools in Dallas County.

What else can be said that hasn’t already been noted about Morgan Academy senior Rachael Sherrer?

Sherrer, who won the 2011 Girl of the Year, was named the 2010 Dallas County Junior Miss, was part of the Alabama Independent School Association’s state championship tennis team, has a perfect 4.0 grade point average can add valedictorian to her ever-impressive resume.

It seems like everything the bright and beautiful teen touches turns to gold. Sherrer, who is the eldest of four, gives all the credit to her parents.

“My parents were very supportive to me growing up, and they challenged me to do my best and to set a good example for my siblings,” Sherrer said. “They also instilled in me a good work ethic, which played an important role in winning titles and making good grades.”

Sherrer plans to attend the University of Alabama in the fall and go on to medical school to pursue ophthalmology, which she said would be an interesting career.

“A couple of summers ago I had the chance to observe all kinds of surgeries, but the one I enjoyed most was cataract surgery — it was cool,” Sherrer said. “I think ophthalmology is a great career for women because they can set their own hours and still be a wife and mom.”

Sherrer considers herself to be extremely family oriented. She and her family play tennis together, cook together and travel everywhere as a unit.

“We are really close,” Sherrer said. “We’ve gone on trips to New York City, San Francisco and Key Largo on my breaks. San Francisco was so much fun and it may be fun to do a residency there.”

Quite the athlete, Sherrer has not only played tennis throughout her academic career, but she’s also been a cheerleader and had her first bout with basketball this year.

When Sherrer is not in the classroom or participating in competitive sports, she loves to read, run and watch movies.

“I like funny, sad and action movies — just not scary ones,” Sherrer said. “My favorite book is ‘Redeeming Love’ by Francine Rivers. It’s a parallel between a man named Hosea and the Hosea in the bible who marries a prostitute for love.”

Sherrer challenges others to always do their best.

“Work really hard because it will pay off in the end,” Sherrer said. “A good work ethic also builds character.”

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