2014 Student Advocacy Day

Chesapeake College

  • Hailey Morgan

    Hailey Morgan

  • Hugo Hernandez

    Hugo Hernandez

"I never imagined that as a part-time student, in my 40s, attending a community college, I could have the full college experience I once dreamed of."

“I never imagined that as a part-time student, in my 40s, attending a community college, I could have the full college experience I once dreamed of,” said Hailey Morgan, who won the 2013 John T. Harrison Award as Chesapeake College’s top graduate for academics and service.  “The fact that I did have that experience says as much about Chesapeake as it does about me.”

Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder six years ago, Morgan learned to manage her condition and excel in the classroom while being involved with just about every area of the campus.  She finished with a 3.8 grade-point average and earned a merit scholarship to McDaniel College using what she jokingly described as “The Hailey Plan” that included outside experiential learning activities and honors contracts that provided her one-on-one time with faculty members.

“I am so grateful to those professors who did honors contracts with me. I learned more in those weekly conversations - about music history with Professor (William) Thomas, about political ideology with Professor (Larry) Hearn, and about the value of an educated citizenry with Dr. (Stan) Kajs - than I ever could have learned from a textbook.   Because of the Honors Program, I increased my goal from an associate’s of arts to a bachelor’s of arts degree, and I am looking forward to attending McDaniel College in the fall.”

"Chesapeake is saving my family money and giving me a great education."

Hugo Hernandez not only combines his high school and college experiences – he has also paired up his interest in medicine along with his talent for the arts.

Hernandez, a Chesapeake College Dual Enrollment student from Easton High School who wants to study either optometry or orthodontics, recently won the Talbot County Public Schools’ Logo Design Contest.  Hernandez is in Easton’s Advanced Interactive Media Production class while completing the TCPS Interactive Media Production pathway.

“Hugo is a student that strives to go above and beyond project expectations,” said his teacher, Garnette Hines.  “He is always willing to apply feedback to improve his projects. In his logo design for TCPS, Hugo committed himself to creating multiple variations of his design in order to meet the client’s needs.”

Hernandez said he began Dual Enrollment as a way “to get a head start on college.”

“I like taking high school and college classes at the same time,” said Hernandez.  “Dual Enrollment is preparing me for the college experience.  I look forward to attending Chesapeake for two years, and then transferring to a four-year university to study either optometry or orthodontics.  Chesapeake is saving my family money and giving me a great education.”