January 4, 2017

WEST FRANKFORT — Morgan Griffith has proven that she is driven both on the basketball court and in the classroom.

Not only will she end her senior season as the all-time leading scorer in West Frankfort High School history, she will also graduate with both a high school degree and an associate’s degree from John A. Logan College.

Tuesday night, after scoring 46 points in West Frankfort’s win over Gallatin County, Griffith talked about the importance of education and how John A. Logan College has given her a major head start toward a master’s degree.

“What has John A. Logan College done most for me? I think it has better prepared me for a four-year university,” Griffith said.

Griffith has already accepted a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Missouri S&T in Rolla, Missouri. She plans on studying biology with the intent of eventually becoming a physician’s assistant. Thanks to John A. Logan College and the credits she has already earned, Griffith can earn the normal six-year degree to become a physician’s assistant in just four years at Missouri S&T all while under scholarship.

Griffith said John A. Logan College has also given her a lot of confidence that she can succeed in a college classroom. Griffith’s 4.8 grade point average has consistently placed her on the Vice-President’s List at the College.

“I have really enjoyed taking classes at John A. Logan College,” Griffith said. “The professors work well with their students and I’ve had some really great professors. My favorite teacher so far would have to be Cathrine Field, a sociology teacher. While most of the classes I have taken were online, I took her class at the West Frankfort Extension Center this past fall.”

Griffith added that she has noticed that some fellow students have been “scared” to take online classes, but, she said, “I’ve enjoyed all of them and found them easy to navigate.”

Most of all, Griffith said, “I am so glad my high school and John A. Logan College work together to give students the opportunity to get a head start on a college degree.”

Kellie Griffith, Morgan’s mother, said her daughter has worked hard to reach the level she has both athletically and academically.

“There are many Saturdays and Sundays when she is in her room studying all day,” Kellie said. “She has certainly earned what she has gotten. But thank goodness the opportunity to proceed academically at John A. Logan College is available. It puts her in a very good position to achieve all she has dreamed.”