Morgan Elvis, Miss Horry Georgetown 2024
Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) proudly announces the crowning of Morgan Elvis as Miss Horry Georgetown 2024, a title earned through her outstanding achievements, resilience, and dedication to academic success.
Morgan Elvis, a Socastee native with deep roots in the community spanning 13 generations, emerged victorious after a transformative journey that showcased her strength, resilience, and commitment to education. Born and raised in the Socastee area, Morgan's academic path faced a significant challenge during her high school years when her family experienced a traumatic event with her sister's kidnapping. This event, which gained international attention, profoundly impacted Morgan's mental health, leading to her withdrawal from Charleston Southern University due to symptoms of trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
Undeterred by her past challenges, Morgan found a second chance at education and personal growth through HGTC. Enrolling in the Criminal Justice program, Morgan excelled, using her prior HGTC certification in Esthetics to enter the workforce and support herself while figuring out her future goals. Her academic plans at HGTC have been life-changing, providing a supportive environment where professors and advisors understand and cater to individual needs.
Morgan Elvis, Miss Horry Georgetown 2024 and Criminal Justice Major, in the HGTC Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory
Morgan's passion for victim advocacy and trauma-informed care has driven her to become a certified national victims' advocate, working in missing persons and victim services cases. She aims to create positive changes in the criminal justice system by addressing the gaps in trauma care for both victims and law enforcement professionals.
Morgan's commitment to education, community service, and personal growth is further highlighted by her involvement in the Miss America scholarship organization. Holding titles such as Miss Myrtle Beach 2023 and now Miss Horry Georgetown 2024, Morgan emphasizes the significance of creating a legacy in her hometown and home county. Her dedication to education is evident as she plans to complete her Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice in May 2024, followed by an internal transfer to The Citadel.
Professor Larry Muncey, Criminal Justice Professor and Morgan's advisor, has played a pivotal role in her academics, providing unwavering support and guidance. Morgan's achievements at HGTC include membership in two Honors Societies: Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Nu Sigma.
Morgan received a $1,000 scholarship from HGTC in conjunction with being crowned Miss Horry Georgetown 2024. This scholarship, combined with her Miss South Carolina scholarships, will support her classes at HGTC and The Citadel, marking a significant step towards her educational and career goals.
As an advocate for community service, Morgan received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and the local Jefferson Award for community service, reflecting her dedication to giving back to the community. Her commitment to service aligns with HGTC's values of inclusivity and community engagement.
“Morgan Elvis' story serves as an inspiration to the HGTC community, embodying the spirit of resilience, dedication, and academic excellence. As she prepares to compete in the Miss South Carolina pageant in June 2024, HGTC stands proud to have played a significant role in shaping this exceptional individual and supporting her on her pathway to success,” said Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, HGTC President.
"I am deeply honored and humbled to be crowned Miss Horry Georgetown 2024. My experience at Horry-Georgetown Technical College has been extremely valuable, allowing me to overcome challenges and pursue my passion for victim advocacy and trauma-informed care. HGTC has provided a supportive environment where my dedication to education and community service was not only recognized but also celebrated. As I continue my academic pursuit in Criminal Justice, I am grateful for the guidance of Professor Larry Muncey and the entire HGTC community. This crown represents more than a title; it symbolizes resilience, growth, and the power of second chances. I am excited about the opportunities ahead, and I look forward to representing my community on the Miss South Carolina stage. Thank you, HGTC, for being an integral part of my story,"