Gloucester High School senior Christopher Morgan was named the "Duke of the Year" during a special GHS assembly for the senior class on Monday. The Duke of the Year is an annual award and its winner symbolizes the very best that Gloucester High School has to offer, according to principal Tony Beverage.
The winner is chosen by the school staff which Beverage said considers characteristics such as honesty, compassion, leadership, courtesy, citizenship, integrity, scholarship, sportsmanship, diligence, humility and grace in making its selection.
"These words can be used to describe each of you, and if you feel that they don’t accurately represent you then it’s not too late to make a positive and lasting impression your senior year," Beverage told the seniors before announcing the award winner.
"The Duke of the Year epitomizes the virtues and characteristics Gloucester High School hold dear. The recipient is selected by the staff of GHS, and it is truly the highest compliment we can pay to one of our students," Beverage said.
"It is an individual of outstanding character and scholarship. It represents service to others above self, and identifies someone who truly understands the importance of representing themselves, their family, their community, and their class with dignity, grace and class."
When Morgan was announced as the winner, he took the stage to accept the Duke of the Year trophy and a GHS wristwatch from Beverage, both provided by Jostens. Morgan hoisted the trophy above his head before expressing this thanks, including thanks to his family that soon joined him on stage. They included his parents, Stephen and Renee Morgan, brother Stephen, grandparents Francis and Edith Morgan and Julian and Carris Harris, and other family members.