Guyer grad pushes himself to excel

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Morgan Allen

To observe Morgan Allen in the classroom or watch him play baseball, one wouldn’t suspect that he once had self-doubt.

The Guyer graduate and All-District infielder said the most difficult challenge he had to overcome in life had to do with self-consciousness.

“In baseball and school, getting past thinking that maybe I’ll fail has been a struggle for me,” Allen said. “But, it has also made me more competitive. As I’ve matured, I’ve learned not to worry about all this and just be the best I can be.”

The Guyer High School Valedictorian is headed to St. Edwards University [Austin], where he received an academic and athletic scholarship. He added that accomplishing what he did during his tenure at Guyer gives him a great sense of pride.

“Keeping my grades up is a challenge with all the other things I’m involved with,” Allen said. “But, I chalk it up to my parents for keeping me on track. They see the potential I have academically and never let me fall short of the best I can be. It gives me great satisfaction. I’ve worked really hard and it feels great for it to finally pay off. Receiving an academic and athletic scholarship is really something to show for how hard I’ve worked over the past couple of years.”

Allen, 17, also helped found a club called Students Against Destructive Decisions, where he served as vice president. He was also a two-year member of the National English Honors Society.

The Lantana teen is also a member of the National Honors Society at Guyer, has helped with the Robotics Club and was a teacher’s aide for AP Physics.

Allen said he already has an idea about what he would like to do in college and for a career, as well as a clear understanding of his life’s purpose.

“As of right now, I am planning to major in computer science,” Allen said. “When I grow up, I hope to own my own business that develops computer programs that help people. Technology is the future and I figure, if I can use technology to better people’s lives, then I’m doing something right.”

Allen carried a 5.0 grade point average during his time at Guyer High School and recently received the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and Chicken Express Community Hero Scholarship, which, “honors student-athletes from communities that lead by example on the field of play and in the classroom.”

Allen’s Favorites

Favorite Subject: Math

Person who most inspires you: Mr. Dean, Pre-Calculus teacher

Favorite Food: Mashed Potatoes

Favorite Movie: Can’t Buy Me Love

Favorite TV Show: The Simpsons

Book Currently Reading: Crime and Punishment

Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Drake

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