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Hardworking Hometown Hero Graduating on Friday

By Asia Miller

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Morgan Martin is a country girl about town. Martin carefully wove touches of her Apalachicola, Florida, upbringing into all the multimedia packages she created this semester. One of those packages, titled Florida Red Tide, earned her the Florida AP Award for Best hard news/ short format package.

For the package, Martin headed to her coastal hometown where the population is just over 2,200. She braved 30-degree weather aboard a small, trembling fishing boat and featured a layman with a thick country accent. Martin says she’s learned a lot about choosing her characters for stories.

“Watching that story, you get the feel of where I'm from,” she said. “The characters you choose draw your audience in.”

When Martin took home the award, she said she was shocked even though she felt like God was pushing her toward the award.

“While shooting I thought about where I wanted to be and wanting to prove that I could raise the bar for myself,” she said.

The former News 20 at 5 anchor has a long resume of extracurriculars all over campus: MSE Stepping Experience, SAI International Music Fraternity, Presidential Ambassadors, Orange and Green campus guide, and former Sophomore Class President.

"I was busting down doors with my leadership and commitment to FAMU," she said.

This summer, Martin wrapped up her college career giving back to her community in a major way. She taught nonlinear video editing to students participating with Apalachicola’s Project Impact. This is Martin’s fourth year volunteering with the program that is sponsored by the Florida Department of Education to curb teen pregnancy.

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Program services are provided free of charge and include homework help, targeted tutoring, educational enhancement, recreational activities, and field trips throughout the academic year with a full-time program in the summer weeks.

“Theater is one of my passions so I incorporated fine arts into the program," she said. “I love being able to give back to my own in Apalachicola.”

Nadine Kahn, program director of the City of Apalachicola’s 21st CCLC, confirmed the impact of Martin’s work.

“She goes away and comes back to give the knowledge to kids in the community who may not have the opportunity she has," Nadine said. “She’s a mentor to students, showing them that you are not limited being from a small town. She inspires them."