Morgan Jaco

Morgan Jaco was heavily influenced by her teachers growing up; and as she looks ahead to college, she wants to follow in their footsteps.

Jaco, 18, is a Council Bluffs native and a soon-to-be high school graduate. She spent the past four years at Abraham Lincoln High School, and yesterday was the last day she’d walk the school’s halls as a student. Looking back at her time as a Lynx, Jaco said it was a life-shaping experience.

“I feel like I’ve gained a lot of family here,” she said. “It’s going to be hard letting all of that go.”

As she walks across the stage to receive her diploma at the Mid-America Center tomorrow, Jaco said she will be a little “heartbroken” leaving her second home behind; but she said she is ready for what lies ahead of her.

“Oh, I’m super excited,” she said.

Jaco said she is deciding between the University of South Dakota or Doane University for school next fall. She said she will study music education. Jaco has been singing for as long as she can remember, and was a “choir girl” throughout her years in the Council Bluffs Community School District. She wants to take that passion, as well as her passion for kids, and make a career out of it. She said her grandma was a music teacher and she helped influenced her to want to do the same.

“I feel like every teacher that I’ve had has influenced me in a way to become a teacher,” she said. “This is what I want to do as a career.”

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