MiraCosta College honors student Alexxa Morgan has done a lot in her young life. She has raised thousands of dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, devoted up to 60 hours a week doing missionary work in Missouri, danced with professional cheerleaders at Qualcomm Stadium as a Junior Charger Girl, was runner up in the Miss Oceanside Pageant, and she just captured the title of Miss Oceanside Fire Prevention.
Alexxa is only 17. She hopes to earn her MBA by the time she’s 22. Her goal is to become chief operating officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Diego.
“I love Make-A-Wish,” she said. “A lot of these kids are living in hospitals, and I love seeing the looks on their faces when they get their wish.”
Among her other endeavors, Alexxa also served as a youth counselor at Hume Lake Christian Camps this summer, and she once taught children with disabilities how to ride horses at Oceanside-based Ivey Ranch.
Asked why she has become so devoted to volunteer work, Alexxa said, “Everybody has hobbies, and my hobby has always been just trying to help people. I grew up with a single mom, so I know what it’s like to struggle.”
Alexxa was home schooled by her mother and began taking classes at MiraCosta College when she was 15. She earned her high school diploma a year later, and then took time off to work with Joyce Meyer Ministries in St. Louis. She returned home to Oceanside this past spring and competed in the Miss Oceanside Pageant. In July, she competed in the Miss Oceanside Fire Prevention pageant, taking first place.
“I heard about it and I thought it would be an amazing experience,” Alexxa said. “I’m a girly girl and I figured it would be fun.”
She hopes to enter the Miss Teen California Pageant next year as a representative of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As honorary Miss Make-A-Wish San Diego, she serves as ambassador for the organizations at various events.
Meanwhile, Alexxa was just named to the MiraCosta College Honors Program. She plans on transferring to San Diego State or Cal State, San Marcos once she earns an associate’s degree in business from MiraCosta College. Then it will be on to UCLA for her master’s.
Leading Make-A-Wish would be her dream job.
“I’ve always had a passion for kids,” she said.