Ace student and former Head Girl of Half-Way-Tree Primary School, Asha Rae Morgan enters a new phase of her journey in September when she enrolls at Campion College. Brimming with excitement and confidence, Morgan said she expects to continue her exceptional academic achievement towards her dream of becoming a lawyer and a politician.
Morgan first crossed paths with the Flow Foundation in 2020 during a recruitment drive for Safer Internet Monitors in Primary Schools. She was selected as one of 50 monitors charged with the responsibility for educating fellow schoolmates on the importance of practicing safe internet use. Morgan’s maturity, enthusiasm and intellect immediately stood out. Since then, she has been a safer internet ambassador, partnering with the Flow Foundation to promote best practices during Safer Internet Week, which is celebrated annually the second week of February.
Most recently in February of 2022, she was featured on a live TV broadcast with Dr Terri-Karelle Reid, where she eloquently spoke to the importance of internet safety for preteens.
Morgan says she intends to continue her safer internet advocacy while at high school as it is an important topic that deserves constant attention.
“It’s super important to stay safe on the internet because threats are everywhere. Sometimes we get comfortable and we don’t do all the things we are supposed to but we have to make the right decisions,” said Morgan. “Be careful of what you post and what you comment on. Remember your digital footprint so when you’re ready to look for a job it doesn’t impact you negatively. Use a timer to keep you aware of how much time you spend on the apps.”
Morgan further advised, “Sometimes the internet takes you away from the real world depending on the app you’re using so try and find real motivation online from people who will inspire you.”
In the past year, Morgan has earned several accolades. She has maintained an average between 90 per cent and 100 per cent, earned first place in the Kiwanis International Essay Competition, won a gold medal for dance in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission competition, won first place in the Kiwanis Club of North St Andrew Oratorical competition, among others.
Morgan acknowledged that while high school will demand more from her, she is laser-focussed on her goals and embraces the challenge to maintain her peak performance.
“I know the lifestyle I want in the future and I’m very passionate about it,” she declared confidently. “My family also drives me and works hard to provide for me so I want to achieve my best and feel great about myself.”
While sharing the differences between Campion College and Half-Way-Tree Primary – “Just to get to the canteen at Campion is a whole exercise,” she joked – Morgan said one thing that will remain constant is her gift of communicating and motivating others.
“I love to talk and I like to inspire people to work harder. I like to put myself out there and make my dreams come alive,” she shared.
With that mindset, there is no doubt the sky is the limit for Asha Rae Morgan.