Photography by SUZANNE MELLOTT PHOTOGRAPHY
Meet Morgan. She is Beauty Revived.
Great leaders don’t tell you what to do, they show you how it’s done.
Watching from the sidelines one Sunday afternoon in small town West Virginia, the crowd fell silent and then arose a deafening and contagious roar. Over and over, the spectators were captivated by a young goalie’s defensive domination and ultimate victory for her middle school soccer team. Her teammates embraced her with high fives, body slams and cheers. The crowd yelled, “Yeah Mo!” This was a testimony to Morgan’s true leadership. Her teammates weren’t jealous but grateful for her sportsmanship, hard work and talent.
Described as a fierce competitor by her friends, teachers and family, Morgan’s strength and focus have garnered her countless awards and recognition, often including accolades from the opposing teams’ coaches and players from both the soccer field and the basketball court. As a Senior Captain of each of her high school sports teams, she is highly respected and well-liked by her teammates and by aspiring players. Despite her Captain responsibilities, Morgan never hesitates to take the time to inspire and train younger players as a youth soccer league mentor, keeping the legacy alive for the love of the game and the dedication it requires.
Carrying a 4.0+ GPA and in ranking in the top 5% of her senior class, Morgan prioritizes time to live in the service of others. Citizenship awards, Honor Society, and Athletic Honors are just a few of Morgan’s significant annual accomplishments and if you ask her, she’ll not credit much to herself. You see, Morgan is described by everyone who knows her as not just a star athlete but a fun, charismatic, comical and joyful person. Bringing a light sense of humor to any situation, she naturally brings comfort to those around her.
In 2012, at the start of her high school career, Morgan’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Emotional upheaval and uncertainty during serious illness brings challenges but during young adolescence, it can be a defining moment. Morgan’s mother recounts her daughter’s unwavering faith, strength and courage, even when the cancer returned just two years later. Morgan’s best friend shared when Morgan would come to school during her mother’s illness battles and instead of letting it deplete her strength or question her faith, used it to climb higher and even to go as far as share her story with those also hurting. Sharing her story and bringing light into a seemingly dark situation, Morgan organized two years’ worth of Breast Cancer Awareness soccer games.
Morgan’s service heart has called her well beyond the boundaries of our local community. In the summer of 2016, she assisted in loading a tractor trailer with supplies bound for a ravaged flood-ridden town in southern West Virginia. She also traveled several hours to aid a widow whose home had been severely damaged by the flood. Using her newly-acquired construction skills, the hours were long and tiring but Morgan never complained.
Morgan’s beauty and the sentiment that she does not wait to be great was overwhelming while listening to several friends, family and community members speak of her. Morgan dives in wherever she sees a need without hesitation, no matter how seemingly unimportant or humble. Morgan’s outward beauty shows a person who shares her contagious joy to be alive but her inward heart reveals a soul that longs to inspire others and build a legacy of using everything one has been given to the fullest potential.
Leaders do not wait for extraordinary opportunities. They seize common occasions and make them great.
About the Photographer
Suzanne is a portrait photographer specializing in fun, modern, editorial high school senior photography in the artsy town of Berkeley Springs, WV. When she’s not shooting gorgeous faces or homeschooling, you can find her hanging out with her husband and four kids, preferably with a caffeinated beverage in hand, on her farm or out thrifting!