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Super Kid: Megan Morales, AIM High School, Snohomish

  • Megan Morales, who attends AIM High School in Snohomish, has overcome many challenges to fulfill her goals. Her dog, Katie, has been trained to alert ...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Megan Morales, who attends AIM High School in Snohomish, has overcome many challenges to fulfill her goals. Her dog, Katie, has been trained to alert her to epileptic seizures.

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Ashley Stewart
Herald Writer
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  • Megan Morales, who attends AIM High School in Snohomish, has overcome many challenges to fulfill her goals. Her dog, Katie, has been trained to alert ...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Megan Morales, who attends AIM High School in Snohomish, has overcome many challenges to fulfill her goals. Her dog, Katie, has been trained to alert her to epileptic seizures.

Megan Morales is a senior at AIM High School in Snohomish. She is on track to graduate a semester early this year, despite a medical condition that causes frequent seizures.
Question: So I hear you'll be graduating with extra credits soon. Are you excited?
Answer: Yes, I've always wanted to study abroad, but I've had to stay home because of my seizures. I'm graduating a semester early, but I'll have to go back to graduate with my class.
Q: What happens when you have a seizure?
A: I just get really dizzy and I don't really remember what happened. Sometimes I can't talk and everything goes blank. I forget some of what I learn and have to go back, but my school helps me and so does my mom.
Q: How do you get through it?
A: I just keep going. I focus on one thing at a time and then I'm done. I also read this quote online on "Together we can change the way the world sees and understands epilepsy," and I think about it and it helps me get through it.
Q: I hear you have a seizure alert dog. Tell me about her.
A: We got her when she was 6 weeks old and she hasn't left my side since. Her name is Katie, she's a 6-year-old "domeranian," half-Pomeranian, half-dachshund.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I want to do People to People, it's a study-abroad vacation. I want to go on the Celtic Adventure, you go to Wales, Britain, Scotland and Ireland for three weeks to see castles and study literature.
After that, I want to go to school to be an EMT. I want to help people and I've been interested in it since I watched (the television show) "House."
I would also like to work at the movie theater when I'm better. I want to smell like popcorn.
Q: What do you think about your school?
A: I like that my teachers help me. They don't treat me like I'm stupid, they understand and don't shy away when I have a seizure.
Q: I hear you're also passionate about reading. What are your favorite books?
A: I've read since I was little. It began with Harry Potter and just kind of went off from there. I have a ton of books. I like to write more now though.
Q: What do you like to write about?
A: Fantasy fiction, mostly Star Trek and Lord of the Rings. I don't like Twilight anymore because I read the fifth book and I got grossed out. I send them to publication companies. I've got a lot of rejection letters, but I'm going to keep trying. I put them online, too.
Ashley Stewart: 425-339-3037; astewart@heraldnet.com.
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