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Featured Gator: Charleigh Morrison

This choice student is making great choices
Laurel Rose Barrett
Charleigh Morrison poses with friends at the Wenonah train station before Homecoming 2023

In case you haven’t noticed, this month’s theme at The Chomp is motivation. Our February Featured Gator highlights a student who is demonstrating intense ambition, grit, and will-power, junior Charleigh Morrison! Charleigh also has a winning personality, which makes her stand out as someone to look up to.

“Charleigh always displays a positive attitude,” says AP Lang teacher, Mrs. Desmond.

Charleigh, a Gateway choice student from Pitman, in the thick of junior year, has big ambitions for their future. Charleigh aspires to go into the field of law, starting by attending a university with a good reputation. This can be tricky, however, due to the rising cost of college tuition and related fees.

But, Charleigh has a plan. They have done extensive research on universities that have the right programs, the right atmosphere, and aren’t completely exorbitant in price. One college that Charleigh found and loved has a very generous financial aid system that seeks to ensure that those qualified to attend are able to financially. These scholarships, however, have very intense criteria. 

After speaking to an admissions counselor at this dream college, Charleigh decided to embark on a journey that would solidify that they may receive desired merit funds. One thing this journey includes is taking lots of AP courses. Charleigh is enrolled in AP U.S. Government and Politics and AP U.S. History II this year and is enjoying both classes. To get the scholarship, however, they need to have taken five AP courses by the time they graduate. 

Learning about history, government, and how other countries function is what drove me to want to take Comparative Government and Politics after taking classes like APUSH and AP Gov.

— Charleigh Morrison

Charleigh, with a passion for justice and the legal system, hopes to continue their AP career with courses that support this passion. Charleigh and some other students at Gateway are seeking to take AP Comparative Government next year as an independent study outside of their coursework at Gateway. Their plan is to help each other out so they can all not only pass the exam, but further their shared passion of civics. There are plans to split the cost of a textbook and help each other study for the AP test in May.

Charleigh also plans on taking Mrs. Payne’s new AP World History class next year to accrue another rigorous AP course in her transcript.

Mr. Joyce, Gateway’s Mock Trial coach, had to say:

It is really amazing how motivated [Charleigh] is to take such challenging courses during senior year. It shows how deep [Charleigh’s] interest is in civics and the law. If anyone can do it it’s you,” he stated to Charleigh before the team’s final competition.

— Mr. Joyce, Gateway Career Coach

Charleigh is ready as a defense attorney at a mock trial scrimmage that took place at Doane Academy in Burlington earlier this month (Laurel Rose Barrett)

Students at Gateway can take inspiration from Charleigh. Not only is Charleigh challenging themself to reach their goals, but they are exhibiting a level of motivation that isn’t seen as often in today’s society. 

Charleigh served as a defense attorney on the Mock Trial team this year, and was co-counsel to eighth grader, Spencer Barrett. He shared:

Charleigh has been a great role model to me this year. As a first-year lawyer I was worried about the learning curve, but I was thrilled that Charleigh was so on top of everything and willing to help me. Charleigh had detailed notes, a great understanding of the case, and really helped to guide me along and hold me accountable while making it fun.”

— Spencer Barrett, co-counsel, grade 8



This Gator is also not afraid to speak up for what they believe in, whether it is standing up for another student’s rights or calling it as Charleigh sees it in class discussions. The awesome thing about Charleigh is that they have a positive and respectful approach, which encourages people to listen and value what they have to say. 

This is a very important skill to have, especially in today’s society where students are typically struggling with adequate communication skills and confidence.

Charleigh is a true role model for students at Gateway and is determined to reach their goals. Way to go, Charleigh! We’ll be cheering for you along the way and celebrating with you as you crush goals.

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Laurel Rose Barrett
Laurel Rose Barrett, Editor-in-Chief
I'm Laurel Barrett, and I am in my second year as the Editor-in-Chief of The Chomp! I am currently a junior, and my favorite subjects are English and Science. My hobbies are reading, writing, and creating artistic projects, like posters and models. I am a lawyer in Mock Trial, a President of Book Club, and I am an NJ-JCL Executive Board Officer. I'm also a member of Latin Club, NHS, World Language Honors Society, and Gateway's Mentor Program. Additionally, I am the social media manager of a NJ non-profit called P.U.R.E. Girls, Inc. and enjoy volunteering at Angels Community Outreach. I plan to become a patent lawyer in the future and practice somewhere in New England. I look forward to interviewing featured teachers, writing opinion pieces, and creating book reviews for The Chomp this year! If you want to join our team, feel free to email me @[email protected].
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    Wanda Miller AdamsFeb 13, 2024 at 6:17 pm

    Congrats to Charleigh! Very proud, as former Gators ourselves, of our granddaughter! Nice article!