STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Katelyn Morton
Eighteen-year-old Cherokee Nation citizen and 2018 Sequoyah High School valedictorian Katelyn Morton will start college in the fall at Oklahoma City University to major in vocal performance and Spanish. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation citizen Katelyn Morton has strong ties to her tribe. Members of her family have been Tribal Councilors, tribal advisors and department heads, as well as authors. Although both parents are attorneys, Katelyn’s goals are far more artistic. She’ll attend Oklahoma City University this fall where she intends to double major in vocal performance and Spanish.
She received the President’s Scholarship for her academic achievements, scholarships for voice, and speech and debate along with a Native American scholarship.
“I was involved in Sequoyah Schools speech and debate, and a part of the drama department under Mrs. Amanda Ray. I took vocal lessons from internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano and Cherokee Nation citizen Barbara McAlister,” she said.
Ray said Morton was a joy to teach and has “tremendous drive and determination along with natural talent that sets her apart from other students her age.”
As for her decision to attend OCU, Morton said it “has an impressive music department and they have an amazing faculty that is very experienced in the fields of music and theater, so I’m very excited to be learning under them. OCU provides a lot of opportunities. During your senior year they hire an agent who finds performing jobs across the country.”
She added that OCU also scouts regional jobs in places such as Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri throughout a student’s time there.
“My dream is to be a performer. I’m not sure which part of the fine arts yet, but I’ll find it.”