Valedictorian turned academics around

In stark contrast to her top ranking at her school, the teen remembers just a few years ago getting C’s on assignments and not turning in homework.

But that was in middle school, before Catherine Morgan realized she could get good grades when she was challenged more and was interested in her classes.

Now, Morgan is graduating at the top of her class at Whiteland Community High School, beating out yearlong rival and friend Emily Zietlow to earn the valedictorian title. She will head to Indiana University on a full scholarship in the fall. She plans to start taking classes and then deciding later whether she likes medicine or law better.

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