By Cassidy Reeh
The family of Morgan Berryhill visited ABAC on Oct. 26 to reunite with her ABAC friends and celebrate her 21st birthday.
All of Morgan’s friends that still attend ABAC gathered with her family on the Lakeside Lawn to sing and wish her a happy birthday. They released one-hundred hot pink balloons. Morgan would have been 21 on Oct. 28 of this year, but in late May of 2012 she was killed in an automobile accident by a distracted driver.
Morgan “Mo” Berryhill began attending ABAC in the fall of 2011, along with about one thousand other freshmen. Morgan wasn’t the shy type, so she quickly made friends.
People couldn’t help but love her, she was so unbelievably kind. Positivity radiated from her smile as she found her way into the hearts of everyone she came in contact with.
Morgan had her doubts about ABAC and being so far from home, but near the end of our freshman year, she finally decided that she would return in the fall. She couldn’t part with all of her new ABAC family, or break the ABAC “Stay-Back” curse.
About a month after students left for summer break, she was killed. Her very large group of friends migrated from surrounding states to her hometown in Taylor County, Ga., to say their goodbyes. Her mother, Tammy, met and shared stories with Morgan’s ABAC family and has kept in contact ever since.
After Morgan’s passing, her family began a Morgan Berryhill Memorial Scholarship. The memorial scholarship is given to a struggling student aspiring to attend college.
Morgan struggled in school, but ABAC was a perfect fit for her. Mrs. Tammy Berryhill could not stress enough how glad she was that Morgan attended ABAC, she said it was her “home away from home.”
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