The saying goes “High school will be the best four years of your life,” and for Gillian Morgan, a senior at Helix, that saying definitely holds true. As goalie of varsity girls’ water polo team, co-president and founder of the Harry Potter Club, student representative at the Charter Board meetings, treasurer of the Just4Jesus Club, president of ASB, and friend to everyone, Morgan surely is a busy, passionate girl.
“I’m so passionate about this school, and I love what it stands for. I’ve definitely learned a lot personally because of the diversity and people coming from different backgrounds and religions and coming together to represent one thing,” Morgan said.
“She’s probably everything that everyone sees in her, but so much more,” Damion Chase, stepdad and grade level principal for the class of 2016 and athletic director, said. He talked about how much time and energy she puts into all of her activities.
“She is very passionate about the things that she involves herself in,” Chase said with tears in his eyes. Having to pause to grab a tissue, he took a moment before continuing, “She’s just everyone’s friend. She could come home and talk about a kid I have never heard about, and she would just respond, ‘Oh you know him!’ and so on. I don’t think there’s anyone that doesn’t like her.”
Christina Potter, librarian at Helix, recalls when she first got to know Morgan, “I actually got to know her more as a person on the Europe trip a couple years ago,” Potter said.
Upon Morgan’s name, Potter instantly got a smile on her face. “She was exceptionally enthusiastic about a wide variety of things, and she had a passion for learning, she’s very kind, and when we were in Europe she was always interested in it and learning more about it, and the enthusiasm spread throughout the group.”
Potter talked about Morgan’s founding of the Harry Potter Club, “I think it wasn’t just about the books, it was also about bringing people together.”
“We, [as the Helix ASB,] get to make people here feel part of something, and as one,” Morgan said. “We’re people who are dedicated to the school and making it better for everyone.”
And Morgan’s dedication is known throughout the school, students and faculty alike.
“She’s known around the campus,” Chase stated, “and for nothing bad, either. Everyone just loves her.”
In addition to everyone loving her, Morgan’s generosity doesn’t stop.
“Little do the students know, that she is the driving force behind changing the Monday Schedule back to Wednesday,” Chase continued, beaming with pride for his step-daughter. “She’s so dedicated, and she really researched this topic and surveyed about 400 people.”
Upon hearing this statement, Morgan laughed. She’s a very humble girl, as Mrs. Potter would say, but she did own up to this achievement. “I will take responsibility for that, yes. I just found that for me personally, it was hard, but I started talking to people and get opinions,” she said, “I wanted to start something to change that, since we’re unhappy about it. I firmly believe that as students we don’t believe that we have a lot of power, when in fact, we have more power than we think,” Morgan added.
Morgan took her crusade a long way by creating an instagram page, gathering opinions, talking to staff and student, and then taking her protest to Dr. Lewis. She said how the opinions are mixed, and most people would like the same schedule, just on Wednesdays.
By talking to Lewis, she convinced him to talk to the restructuring board (who makes the decisions about those certain aspects of school) and also the Department Chair Council.
Based on her dedication to the school, the schedule may be changed within the year, or so she hopes.
Morgan is always one to positively think about the future, and to hope for certain things, such as specific colleges and career goals in her future.
She said that her dream is to go to UCLA to become a psychologist for marriage and families, but she believes that “whatever happens, happens for a reason. Wherever the wind blows, I’ll go,” she said, laughing at herself due to the cliche figure of speech. “But seriously, I think there’s a plan for my life and wherever that leads me is where I was meant to be.”
“I’ve always been a positive person,” Morgan said, emphasizing on why she feels that way about her college choices. “It’s important, and I’m not going to say I’m never down on myself, but it’s always great to remain in that good mindset.”
Potter admires her for her positive and generous attitude. “She’s such a likable person, and there’s so many wonderful memories of her, it’s hard to stop and appreciate just one, since there are so many.” After a slight pause, Potter smiled softly and started to speak on her favorite memory of Gillian Morgan.
“When we were in Paris, she had just bought something for herself, but when we had passed a homeless person on the street, and without thinking about it she gave it away to him,” she continued. “It was just a passing gesture, she did it very quietly, she didn’t make a big deal about it.”
“I like that memory of her.” Potter smiled. “She took something she bought for herself and gave it away without thinking about it. I think that moment really captures who Gillian is, and highlights her kind, generous personality.”