The story of a Rugby High graduate who attends Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota now appears on a page on the college’s website featuring students from many walks of life.
Rugby High Class 2020 graduate Morgan LaRocque highlights the “Stories of student life” page on concordiacollege.edu.
LaRocque, who joked that people “Ask for his mother’s famous throat recipe after all this publicity”, visited the house during a recent school break. She described how her studies at Concordia would help her achieve her goals in life. Second year majors in English / Language Arts with a minor in Psychology.
âEver since I was little, I have always loved hearing the stories of my parents or my grandparents. LaRocque said. “My mom used to read Harry Potter books to me when I was younger and I actually think she was the main reason I fell in love with reading.” LaRocque said of his mother, StÃ©phanie, a clinical psychologist working in schools in Belcourt.
âWhen I entered elementary and high school, I naturally excelled at reading, writing, phonetics and grammar because I loved reading so much. I wanted to have a career in something I loved to do, so why not just major in English? “ LaRocque added.
LaRocque said she decided to do a minor in psychology after following her mother to work. “My mother always comes home and talks about”their children“As if they were hers because she cares so much about them” LaRocque said. âI’ve always been interested in how the brain works and knowing what student needs are and how to properly meet them. “
LaRocque said he moved from small town life to Rugby and connected to the relatively small town of Belcourt on the Turtle Mountain Preserve in the larger Fargo-Moorhead area. âIt was definitely an adjustment at the start. I was lucky enough to have a room with someone I knew from rugby. We figured it out together, which was really nice. I really like living in the Fargo Moorhead area as it takes me 5 minutes to get to Target instead of an hour.
LaRocque said she always stays in touch with friends and former high school teachers. âMy roommate I had last year is Sasha Klein and we still see each other a lot on campus and visit. There are a few classmates that I still meet every now and then and stay with everyone on social media â, LaRocque said.
âThere are still a few teachers that I am visiting and I actually want to especially thank Kari Hill. It’s so strange to say his first name. she added. âWithout Kari Hill, I wouldn’t be at Concordia. She has always been one of the nicest, generous, and caring people I have ever met. She pushed me to pursue music in high school and college.
âI am part of the Concordia Symphonic Band and the conductor of the flute co-section. Concordia broadcasts our concerts live, so after each performance Ms. Hill will always text me to let me know how much she enjoyed the concert and how great a job we did. LaRocque added.
LaRocque, who describes himself as “A proud Anishinaabe and Alutiiq” said she intended to use her education to strengthen her connections with her own Native American community and those of others across the country.
The Anishinaabe people live in part of North America surrounding the Great Lakes region to the north and south, extending west to North Dakota. The Alutiiq people live in the Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound, and other parts of Alaska and Canada.
“I always try to educate myself as much as possible, not only about my own tribe but also about others”, LaRocque said. âAnother important aspect of staying in touch with my heritage is to visit my family, converse and share all of our stories. Traditions are passed down orally and it is by spending time with my family that I learn these traditions. Family is very important in my culture.
LaRocque said she also does “many pearls” to create cords, necklaces and earrings. “I often give them as gifts to people I really love” LaRocque said. “As I love to read, I always try to read books by native authors, especially those on my reserve” she added.
“My plan has always been to teach indigenous youth” LaRocque added. âI want to build strong bonds with my students that will motivate them to thrive in life. I want to help them succeed. I want to be there for them when they maybe have no one. I want to see that light bulb go off in their minds when they are learning. I want to play a smaller role in the bigger picture of their life. I want the next generation to prove everyone wrong. I want the next generation to prosper. I want the next generation to take the world by its hands. I want the next generation to bring about the change. The future is indigenous.
“Soon after I graduate, my plan is to go back to my reserve and teach there for a few years,” LaRocque said, adding that she âCould stay thereâ.
âBut I always wanted to live in Washington or Oregon. If I could teach in the native lands of Washington or Oregon, that would be ideal â, she added.
LaRocque said she also hopes to educate non-Indigenous students about Native American culture when she gets the chance.
“I am currently doing a clinic in one of my education classes with a Native American teacher” LaRocque said. “She integrates her culture into the classroom in a number of ways, whether through certain activities or even simply by answering students’ questions about her culture.”
âOne of the main elements of what I want to integrate into my class are the Seven Teachings of the Grandfathers, which are Humility, Bravery, Honesty, Wisdom, Truth, Respect and Love. . It is something that can be taught universally; it is not isolated to a culture. This is something that could easily be linked to the socio-emotional learning that many schools are trying to integrate â, LaRocque added.
On the Concordia College website, LaRocque also talks about things she learned last summer during an internship with the Indian Education Program at Fargo through the grant-funded Pivotal Experience in Applied Knowledge, or PEAK Program. of the Mellon Foundation.
” I learned a lot “ LaRocque discussed his internship via email later. âI worked with Melody Staebner, the chief program coordinator and Darlene Boyle, the program assistant, for about six weeks. Their goal is to keep students in school so they can be successful. My tasks with the internship were basically to follow / observe them and help them with whatever they needed.
âI have had the opportunity to attend meetings, help gather food / resources and deliver them to families, attend events, and more. I learned how much time and effort is spent on each task, planning events, meeting with students, etc. I really got to see the backstage of the Indian education program â, LaRocque said.
While college life and LaRocque’s experiences keep her busy, she said she found time to visit Rugby and relax. To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, LaRocque said she enjoyed her favorite dishes, including dumplings, fried bread and âMy mother’s famous throat. “ Gullet is a dense baking powder bread popular in the Chippewa culture of Turtle Mountain.
“As I write this, I will have to go back to campus in two days for a few more weeks of study before the finals, which I’m not excited about,” LaRocque said. âBut it was really nice to come home and be surrounded by your family and relax.â