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BG senior carries on family tradition

NASHUA – When Bishop Guertin High School holds its commencement ceremony today, a local family will celebrate its second valedictorian.

Tim Morrison, 18, will stand and speak to a crowd of his peers during graduation as the top of his class, a distinction that his oldest brother held just a few years before him. The youngest of three, Morrison said the thing he will miss the most about leaving the school are his friends, teachers and math classes.

"I have liked Bishop Guertin a lot. It’s been good, and I guess there is some nostalgia now that graduation is coming," he said last week. "I’ve met a lot of good friends that I really like and a lot of the teachers have been really good, especially in the math department."

Morrison will attend the University of Chicago in the fall with the assistance of a National Merit Scholarship. He hopes to study mathematics or computer science.

"It was the best school I got into," he said. "But I really like the city. I’ve toured it twice, and I really like the feel of it. I’m not really a huge city person, and the campus is in kind of a suburban bubble, so I like the lack of city-ness."

Morrison said math has always been a favorite subject of his.

"My favorite class this year was probably calculus," he said. "Ms. Angel, the teacher, has been very good, and I’ve really enjoyed the classes."

During his sophomore year, Morrison helped found the school’s Quiz Bowl team, which he said took him all over the country this year.

"Me and a couple of other sophomores founded that," he said. "That’s definitely something that I’ve really enjoyed; it’s something I’ll miss about Bishop Guertin."

He said that after all was said and done, getting the Quiz Bowl team up and running was one of the hardest things he’s done in school.

"With Quiz Bowl, we have to take on an interaction with getting funding. It’s been difficult at times," he said. "Taking on that unusual role, for me, was at times very difficult."

Morrison also belonged to the Latin Club, National Honor Society, German Club and helped with the school newspaper. He was a member of the math team and came in second statewide for individual math scores. He has also done some tutoring and occasionally helped his friends with their schoolwork.

He said that although he starts school in the fall, he plans to spend the summer reading.

"I like to read a lot, so I’ll do a lot of that," he said. "I would like to read ‘Ulysses’ and ‘The Iliad.’"

Following college, Morrison said he hopes to find a career in either economics or computer science.

Bishop Guertin will hold its graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Roedel Field House.

Matthew Medsger can be reached at 594-6531, mmedsger@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_MattM.