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Morgan Headrick is headed for a great future —in the classroom, in business and on the soccer field.
May 29, 2017
She Scores at Soccer and in Business Competition
Few of us will ever place among the top 10 in the world in any endeavour. Imagine being a Grade 11 student and hearing your name called as one who has just achieved that status. How does it feel? Ask Morgan Headrick.

Morgan returned from Anaheim, California bearing three medals as one of the world’s top 10 overall in the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). This upcoming Prefect has honed her international business competition skills since Grade 9 through DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America).

“I was immediately drawn to DECA because of my passion for business,” says Morgan. “The competition has a variety of oral and written events, from Sports and Entertainment Marketing (my category) to Accounting, at three levels of competition: regional, provincial, and international.”

What helped Morgan succeed at the world level? Reaching the provincials “with absolutely zero expectations leading to the first round of competitions” kept her calm and focused. “At that point, I would never have imagined myself placing fifth in the province and qualifying for ICDC.”

Morgan prepared intensively for the international competition, practicing daily. “After hearing my name called for Top 10 in the world in my category at ICDC, I was overcome with so many emotions: shock, gratification, and excitement. The amount of knowledge and expertise I gained from the people around me and the feeling I got on that stage is irreplaceable.”

As a rising Prefect, one of Morgan’s main goals is to develop a section on the Branksome Portal dedicated to clubs, “so we can have access to all the clubs and their information at the click of a button.” She also looks forward to working with students from the younger grades.

First, she will go on a summer service trip to Costa Rica and work as a soccer counsellor at Branksome Hall’s summer camps. “I intend to travel around the U.S. to play soccer as well,” adds Morgan, who has been playing competitively since Grade 5. She currently plays fullback and midfield for the Vaughan Azzurri U17 team in the OYSL, one of the most competitive leagues in Ontario. She launched into League 1 (semi-pro) soccer at the age of 14 and was selected as a Notre Dame “All-star” player two years in a row.

“I can say without hesitation that ICDC was one of the most valuable experiences of my life,” says Morgan. Her ICDC international Top 10 ranking and her All-star soccer skills portend a great future for Morgan Headrick—in the classroom, in business and on the field.

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