Morgan Academy wins President’s Award

Published 1:41 pm Friday, July 23, 2021

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Morgan Academy continues its standard of excellence by the AISA.

Morgan Academy won the President’s Award from the AISA.

It marks the 25th time Morgan Academy is a Blue Ribbon School.

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The honor is based on scholarship totals, academic competition and SGA award from the Class of 2021.

Morgan Academy’s senior class had a strong portfolio.

Morgan Academy Director of Operation Karim Plummer Oaks said the Class of 2021 received over $3 million in scholarship money.

Class Valedictorian Hasten Bridges led the way and was a National Merit Finalist.

Salutatorian Grace Wilkinson earned the Stacey Russell Memorial Scholarship.

Jones Free earned the Nell Edwards Christian Character Scholarship and signed to play golf at the University of Alabama.

Running back Holt Utsey was named The Selma Times-Journal football player of the year, earning AISA All-State honors twice. Utsey said he loved attending Morgan Academy.

Wilkinson, who will attend Auburn, said she enjoyed attending Morgan Academy.

“I have a lot of memories at Morgan Academy, this senior class has a lot of kind hearted people,” Wilkinson said.

Free, who led the Senators to three AISA State golf titles, appreciated playing for the Senators.

“It’s been a great journey,” Jones said.

Oaks credits the teachers, including AISA High School teacher of the year, Tommy Lenior, for helping the students excel.

“A number of our faculty have advanced degrees and work so hard for our students is a part of this award as well,” Oaks said.