Meet Morgan McNeal! Morgan is 19 years old, attended Chestatee High School and is a Hall County native. Her parents are Shane and Chante and she also has a sister and twin brother.
Morgan participates in Special Olympics and competes in basketball, flag football, bocee and kayak. She won a Gold Medal in flag football last year, which earned her a trip to the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
We want to thank Morgan for spending time with us recently and telling us more about her life and love of Hall County.
Question: What is your favorite restaurant in Hall County and what do you love there?
Answer: “Chick-Fil-A, I get a No. 1, chicken sandwich, fries and a Coke.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person that you have met in Hall County?
A: “Scott DeGraff, my high school teacher. He got me involved in Special Olympics in the 9th grade. He is my coach in Special Olympics for basketball and flag football. He’s not just a teacher and a coach, he’s also a mentor and friend. He’s also a lot of fun and makes me laugh.”
Q: What is your favorite childhood memory?
A: “My favorite memories are going to my Meme and Papa’s pool in the summer and swimming and playing with cousins and friends.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
A: “Seattle because that’s where I won the Gold Medal at the USA Games for Special Olympics. We had so much fun playing teams from around the country. We didn’t get to sight-see very much so I would like to do that. We did get to ride a ferry to an island on the last day, so I would like to do that again.”
Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in the theatre?
A: “‘Monsters, Inc.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Be kind. Don’t look at people’s differences. We are all different and we should be proud of that. In Special Olympics, we don’t look at each other as different, we just accept each other for who we are and have fun competing against each other.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I want to go to all of the states in the U.S.”
Q: What is your favorite music/three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “Chris Stapleton, Hank Williams Jr., Florida Georgia Line.”
Q: What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Hall County and why?
A: “The bowling alley. My family and I are very competitive with each other and when we bowl against each other, we have so much fun. My mom and I are not very good at it, but we have a lot of fun trying.”
Q: Choosing anyone (past or present and a non-relative), with whom would you love to have lunch? And where locally would you have lunch?
A: “My Special Olympics basketball team. Texas Roadhouse.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Hall County?
A: “Lake Lanier, it’s where I go to train for kayaking.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “Having a house, driving a car, and having a full-time job.”
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I have a twin brother, Matthew.”
Q: What three words mean HOME to you?
A: “Family, Laughter and Love.”
Q: If you were cast in a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: “My dad, Shane, because we like to horse around and play fight.”
Q: If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose?
A: “I would hire someone to clean my bedroom, the bathroom and do the dishes.”
The Faces of Hall County is a project to showcase the amazing people that live or work in our community. If you would like to nominate an interesting person to be featured please email firstname.lastname@example.org.