WAXAHACHIE

Before he introduced two new Waxahachie High School students of the month at a recent Rotary Club meeting, Waxahachie High principal, Dr. Al Benskin, apologized for being late on the selections. He explained the pressures of planning for the new high school campus had gotten in the way.

Nevertheless, he proudly announced Callie Morgan as October Student of the Month and Sloane Smith as November Student of the Month.

Morgan is a senior at Waxahachie High School where she excels in her multiple AP and Dual Credit classes. The daughter of Josh and Heather Morgan, she has been in the top-10 of her class for the past three years and was inducted into the National Honor Society last spring. Morgan is also a French horn player and leader in the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band, which finished as the bronze medalist in the State Marching Competition and named a 2018 TMEA Honor Band.

Morgan is an active member of Connect4LIFE Church where she attends youth group and volunteers in kids ministry. She gives thanks to the Lord for the opportunities He has given to her such as being raised by the best parents around and the legacy of faith they have laid before her. Morgan also has been a valued employee of Chick-fil-A for the past three years.

She hopes to attend Dallas Baptist University next fall as a history major and plans to teach U.S. history at the high school or college level.

Sloane Smith, daughter of Jill Chapman and granddaughter of Rotarian, Steve Chapman, is also a senior at WHS. She is involved with Interact and serves as the International Understanding Chair. Smith is president of the National Honor Society. She has enjoyed competing with Academic Decathlon for the past two years and currently is serving as president.

Smith is the copy editor for the high school media staff and also participates in several academic UIL events and has advanced to regional competition.

Smith is the founder and president of the newly established Power to the People Club. She has recruited approximately 50 members to help raise funds to benefit community organizations.

Smith has a passion for writing. She writes for the school newspaper and yearbook and has contributed articles to “Ellis County Living Magazine” and entered a national competition for short stories. She will pursue a degree in English and history but has not yet picked a university.

"It is an honor for Rotary to acknowledge such outstanding students as Callie Morgan and Sloane Smith," the club announced. "A plaque with their names engraved on it will hang in the halls of Waxahachie High School for many years to come."