Ethan Morgan, the high school student at Marshall County High School, had no difficulty choosing a profession. It’s something he’s been thinking about for years, and he hasn’t changed his mind. He wants to become an orthopedic surgeon.
“A lot of my family has had a lot of different orthopedic issues and it seems like we still have surgery thereâ¦ and I just started to really get into that, the tools and working on things,” Morgan said.
âI’ve always liked building stuff and working with things and solving problems and it really looks like that. I never really gave up on it.
Morgan, 18, plans to attend the University of Kentucky, where he plans to double major in chemistry and biology, or major in chemistry and minor in biology. He then wanted to pursue medical studies at the College of Medicine in the United Kingdom.
“I dream of working near my hometown and using my skills learned as an orthopedic surgeon in other countries and places in the United States that do not have the means or resources to undergo orthopedic procedures.” , did he declare.
He also quoted the late Nelson Mandela: âEducation is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.
âI know it sounds a little cheesy at times, but there is a lot of truth in there, and if you have an education you have to put it in place,â he said.
Morgan, son of Brad and Tiffinee Morgan of Benton, is Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.
Every Monday and Tuesday, The Sun posts profile stories about high school students in the area who are selected from a pool of nominees for Teen of the Week recognition. Towards the end of the school year, a committee chooses one of these students as Teen of the Year, who receives a scholarship of $ 5,000. Another student will receive the Inspiration Prize and a $ 1,000 scholarship.
Morgan earned a 4.3 GPA in Marshall County.
He is an AP scholar and attended the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar program last summer at Center College, majoring in international relations. Morgan is also a member of the boys’ golf team, student council president and co-chair of the Interact Junior Rotary Club, among other activities.
During his first year, Morgan took part in a January 2020 trip to El Salvador through the Interact Club and the Starfish Orphan Ministry. It was an “amazing” experience for Morgan, who said he brought supplies and went to build a house.
âWe were going to many orphanages with special needs and to be with these people, bring them supplies and help them,â he said.
âBasically just spread compassion and hope and things like that. … I think we got more out of it than them. You know, they look at us like we give them something, but in reality, they give us back a lot of things.
Morgan is making the most of his senior year. The school year is more than half over with graduation in a few months, and that can bring mixed emotions. Morgan said he didn’t really want to graduate yet.
“I’m doing it, I’m excited to be leaving, but I love the people I’ve been around with,” he said.
âI like high school. I still love high school. This year has not been what we expected. Last year we got things thrown at us, but I think everyone benefits. That’s all you can do – just be happy and live it to the fullest. Glad to go to college, but I treasure everything I got in high school.