Salutatorion Katie Morton kickstarts her career


Katie Morton

Katie Morton posing for a photo

Anna Barger, Staff Writer

Senior Katie Morton has been a model of academic excellence and leadership during her time at Clover Hill. Morton has made an incredible mark on the school and beyond.

Morton has been a part of several programs at Clover Hill, including holding the office of Vice President of National Honors Society (NHS). NHS sponsor Rhonda Clopton believes Morton to be a hard worker. 

“Katie works extremely hard, and is always willing to put in the extra mile, but also has a really funny side to her,” Clopton said. “She has been a big part of organizing events, and always works super hard.”

Morton has also held leadership positions such as Vice President and Officer in Lead Club and Mu Alpha Theta. She was also a member of Spanish Club, Beta Club, and English National Honors Society. These achievements inspire younger students and make Morton stand out to her peers. 

Morton not only stands out as a student, but as an athlete. Morton was part of the girls’ field hockey team as well as the girls’ soccer team, a team she played on the varsity level during all four years of high school, playing center midfield.Morton was named Captain of the varsity soccer team her junior and senior year. Girls’ soccer coach Chuck Anderson described Morton as a phenomenal role model who leads by example.

“[As] Morton gained leadership positions on the team she began to understand the [bigger] picture of Clover Hill Soccer and became more outgoing which helped her communicate with other players on the team,” Anderson said. “One of my nicknames for her has been the silent assassin, because she has this unassuming appearance about her, but when she’s on the field, she’s a killer.”

Anderson also explains how Morton stands out in terms of academics. The average grade point average (GPA) of the seniors on the soccer team is 4.17; however, Morton outperforms in that category as well, holding a GPA of over 4.9, something that won her the title of Salutatorian for the Class of 2023. Additionally, Morton achieved a perfect attendance record during the 2022-23 school year. 

 Morton plans to try out for the women’s soccer team at the Naval Academy, but if she does not make it, she will continue intramural soccer.

Morton’s advice to her freshman self is to try new things and get involved in activities she enjoys and cares about. Her biggest regret from her time at Clover Hill is not running for Student Council Association (SCA) officer, because she wishes she could have planned the events and helped organize activities for the school.

Morton’s high school accomplishments have set her up for great success. She intends to major in operations research at the aforementioned United States Naval Academy. Morton hopes to be commissioned as a helicopter pilot following graduation from the Academy.