Morgan Zemaitis, 16, volunteers at her church as a kindergarten teacher, spends time in the summers building houses in Jamaica, founded the Crisis Assistance Youth Advocacy Coalition to help teens make a difference, interns at Envision Charlotte, an organization looking to make Charlotte more energy efficient and wants to create the newest renewable energy when she becomes an environmental engineer.
And that is just in her spare time.
Zemaitis, a rising junior at Mallard Creek High School, is fifth in her class with a 4.75 weighted GPA and is the only Mavericks girls' golfer to ever qualify for the state tournament, where she shot an 83, her best score in competition.
When she arrived at Mallard Creek as a freshman, there was no girls' golf team and only one girls' golfer who had to play on the boys' team.
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"I knew we had some girls who were interested and I worked with our athletic director (Karen McKaig) to create the team," said Zemaitis. "We had three girls the first year and hope to have three or four this year. Not every school has a girls' team, so we are lucky."
"I am always trying to get girls to come out for the team, even if they have only been to the driving range once."
Two times a month she plays in junior golf tournaments around the area. Most summer mornings she hits the Tradition Golf Club early in the morning and plays nine holes, when she is not getting lessons from her swing coach, Blair Smith.
Since last March, Smith has worked with Zemaitis on refining her swing and all facets of the game.
"From last year to this year is night and day. She is so much better and more consistent from when she started," said Smith. "I teach 11 kids and one thing about Morgan is mentally she is the toughest of any of them. She is willing to learn and has a great attitude."
On and off the course, Zemaitis tries to carry herself in the same way. She said her family has always been into volunteering and giving back, and gets a lot out of helping other less fortunate people.
"Giving back is something that my family and I take very seriously," said Zemaitis. "I love being around kids and the kindergarten class knows my name and get so excited to see me when I go there. That is the fun part."
"Each time I have been to Jamaica has been totally life-changing for me. I always tell my friends how great it is and I think a couple will come with me next year. It is just a great opportunity."
Her family started Morgan volunteering in middle school and she found her niche with the Crisis Assistance Youth Advocacy Coalition (CAYAC). The organization she founded has around 30 members during the school year and host events like the Summer Service Days, collects clothing and much more.
The CAYAC mission is to have fun while helping area teenagers make a difference in the community.
"I have always been that way, I want to improve everything," said Zemaitis. "I want to improve my grades and class ranking get the CYAC going stronger, get my golf game in the 70's consistently. I just want to keep going and doing all I can."
Zemaitis, who would love to play golf in college, says the same focus she shows off the course is what is keeping her from being as consistent as she would like on it. There are small lapses in concentration at times, but that is an easy fix and something she wants to improve.
The rest of her golf game is where it needs to be.
"I just got a new driver and I love cranking the ball and hitting it well off the tee. If I hit a bad shot my short game usually can make up for a lot of it. That is something that I am working on getting more consistent, also," said Zemaitis.
"I have stopped growing so now my big thing is getting my iron distances down. One day I may hit a club 10 yards further than the next, but that is just practice to get better."
Smith said she is getting more comfortable around the green, but said her driving off the tee, especially with the new driver, is the biggest strength. He said he feels Zemaitis is going to continue to get better and will have a great shot at playing in college as she continues to improve.
For this year, she is focusing on recruiting more golfers and getting herself back to states.
"I was glad that I made it to states last year and was honored to be the first girl from Mallard Creek to qualify," she said. "Being at the state tournament in Pinehurst, which is one of my favorite places, was awesome. It was completely new for me and I thought it went well. I definitely want to get back again this year."
Zemaitis is able to balance her responsibilities on the course, in the classroom and outside of school and excel in all of them. She said she is preparing for a great golf season and school year.
"I try to take a positive attitude into anything that I do. I try to always be happy and give my best shot at everything that I do," said Zemaitis. "If I am in a good mood and happy then that rubs off on people. I want to be well-rounded and give as much as I can."