Betty Fairfax HS Senior Morgan Ammons Has Big Decision to make in the Coming Weeks...

Posted by Community Relations on 2/17/2016

Senior Morgan Ammons has a big decision to make in the coming weeks, but whatever she decides, she can’t go wrong. She already has received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, but the Battalion Commander of the Betty Fairfax JROTC is waiting to see if she gets an ROTC Scholarship, which will allow her to go to Duke, Harvard, Stanford or Notre Dame, her four university choices. The Georgia transplant has been at Fairfax for two years, and rose to the top post in the JROTC unit, and was recently named the Queen of the Phoenix Union JROTC Ball. Her father is in the Army, but she says he is not persuading her toward the military.

“My parents are proud, but they are not swaying me any way. But my dad helped me prep for the board interview. Being in the military, I was used to his forceful vibe, and I wasn’t nervous,” Ammons said. “I never had a desire to attend a service academy until I attended a summer leadership program there in June.” 

She received a recommendation from Senator Jeff Flake, and would start at the West Point Prep School for one year, if she decides on the Academy. Whichever way she goes, she wants to study biochemistry and eventually become an orthopedic surgeon. Ammons is an international Baccalaureate student, is in the National Honors Society, and plays varsity softball for the Stampede. She hopes to know something by mid-March, when she may also need to decide the military life versus the civilian life. “If I go to the Academy, I will be in the medical corps, and it will be a full career-12 years just to finish medical school. With a university, I would have a regular civilian life. If it is college, I would like Stanford.”