Zach Morgan ’19 knows what his two favorite moments of his Longwood career will be, and they both happened the spring semester of his senior year: the annual CHI bonfire, in which senior CHI members’ identities are divulged, and Princeps reveal.
The student-athlete and chemistry major is a member of both secret societies—an honor that sets him apart from most valedictorians at Longwood. Morgan was one of three students who shared the Sally Barksdale Hargrett (1921) Award for Academic Excellence, given at commencement to the graduating senior with the highest grade-point average. Twin sisters Kate and Kellen Spradlin claimed the other two Hargrett Awards.
That’s one of the reasons I think these organizations have lasted for so long. They are really all about the Longwood community and doing what we can to make it better.Zach Morgan ’19 Tweet This
“The CHI Burning was certainly a surreal time,” said Morgan. “There are so many eyes on you, but what made it more meaningful is that we recognized more than 70 people across campus who make contributions every day. We did the same at the Princeps reveal—and that’s one of the reasons I think these organizations have lasted for so long. They are really all about the Longwood community and doing what we can to make it better.”
Morgan is no stranger to community service. Apart from focusing on academics—he earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point average over four years—he played for three years on the men’s soccer team, tutored other athletes, was a member of Mortarboard and the Cormier Honors College for Citizen Scholars, and volunteered with the Prince Edward County Rescue Squad.
That last experience will give him a valuable leg up, he hopes, as he plans to attend medical school and become a physician—a trauma surgeon, to be exact.
“I think that would be a really exciting and challenging job,” he said. “It’s also a way to help people when they need it the most. I think I could make a big impact on people’s lives.”