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Dalton Academy Student Introduces 2024 Junior Achievement Laureate

Dalton Public Schools is proud to announce the achievement of Lesley Morales, a student at The Dalton Academy, who had the honor of introducing the 2024 Junior Achievement Northwest Georgia Business Hall of Fame Laureate, Brian McAllister.

Dalton Academy Student Introduces 2024 Junior Achievement Laureate

Morales, a second-year student in the 3DE program at The Dalton Academy, delivered an outstanding performance as a presenter of the 2024 laureate. She showcased exceptional public speaking skills while eloquently highlighting the accomplishments of Mr. McAllister.

Lesley, the daughter of Martin Morales and Maria Garcia, and sibling to Miguel, Abraham, and Bryan, is passionate about the medical field. With aspirations to become the first in her family to graduate from college and pursue a career as an anesthesiologist, Morales exemplifies determination and ambition.

Morales is currently serving as a 3DE ambassador, Sophomore representative for Student Council, HOSA officer, DECA member, FCCLA member, and representative on the Student Advisory Council for the Superintendent of Dalton Public Schools. Outside of her academic pursuits, she dedicates her time to her church's youth group, where she serves on the worship team.

Dalton Academy Student Introduces 2024 Junior Achievement Laureate

Reflecting on her experience with 3DE at The Dalton Academy, Morales expresses her admiration for Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Graeff, highlighting their collaborative approach in transforming the school and education landscape. The 3DE model, introduced at The Dalton Academy in 2022, offers a comprehensive four-year high school education aimed at integrating real-world relevance into the classroom.

Partnering with prominent companies such as Arby's, Dalton State University, Delta, Engineered Floors, Greater Dalton Chamber, Hamilton Health Care System, Jackson Healthcare, Mohawk, Shaw, Truist, and UPS, students at The Dalton Academy are equipped with invaluable experiences that prepare them for future success.

Overall, Morales' presentation was a shining example of the caliber of outstanding students and opportunities provided by The Dalton Academy.