BATON ROUGE, LA (July 14, 2016) – Morgan Oliver, a recent graduate from Notre Dame High School, has been named the winner of the 5th annual Beyond the Game Essay Contest.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) puts on the Beyond the Game Essay Contest each year with students from all member schools submitting entries based on a common theme. This year’s theme was “lessons learned through high school athletics.”
Oliver’s essay, titled “Lessons Learned Between the Lines”, focused on her battle with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) and its profound effects on her life. Staying physically active helped cope with JRA as a young child, but Morgan’s experience in high school athletics also helped her learn lessons about “patience, humility and the importance of being on a team.”
After playing volleyball for three years, Morgan added cheerleading, track & field and soccer to her repertoire with Volleyball Head Coach Tara Young and her parents, Chet and Cynthia, motivating and challenging her to always give full effort.
The LHSAA started the Beyond the Game Essay Contest during the 2011-12 school year as a way to promote good sportsmanship and other life lessons among student-athletes competing in high school athletics. Over fifty essays were submitted this year from all over the state and chosen after an extensive screening process.
Morgan will be honored Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 pm as part of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association banquet at the LHSAA office. Morgan will be presented with a prize of $500 for winning this year’s contest.