Duplin’s Whitman Set to Start at University Mount Olive

Duplin’s Whitman Set to Start at University Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE- Morgan Whitman of Duplin County is excited to start attending the University of Mount Olive (UMO) in the fall. Whitman recently graduated from Duplin Early College High School (DECHS) as well as James Sprunt Community College with a high school diploma as well as an associate’s degree.

During her time at DECHS, Whitman was involved with numerous extra-curricular activities. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club while also participating in dance, volunteer firefighting, and EMT outside of school.

When it came time to pick a university to attend, Whitman weighed many options, but was drawn to the values at UMO.

“I was so confused and torn over deciding where I wanted to go in order to further my education,” revealed Whitman. “I had been praying and searching throughout the Bible in order to find God’s plan for me. It was not long until God led me to UMO’s website. On the homepage, there was an article about a graduate. The article was based on the graduate’s relationship with God and how her relationship was strengthened during her time at UMO. While reading the article, it felt as if a weight was suddenly lifted off of my shoulders. I quickly found my mom and I said, ‘I have made my decision.  I am going to UMO!’ Ever since I made my decision, God has blessed me tremendously!”

After making her final college decision, Whitman is now looking forward to starting at UMO in the fall.

“I am excited about making new friends and memories! I have been told that the friends you make in college will stick with you throughout your entire life,” said Whitman. “I am also thrilled to start my math and education courses! Most importantly, I am excited about strengthening my relationship with God.  Being that the University is nested in Christian values, I know that no matter how much the work load of my classes may be, I will not be separated from God.”

Whitman is set to major in math education at UMO. She plans on teaching math in high school, and her ultimate goal is to eventually obtain a master’s degree in education and work in school administration.

Whitman is the daughter of Nona and Richard Whitman. Nona works with Duplin County Schools in the Payroll Department.  Richard is a retired chief deputy from the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office and he preaches at Bowden Community Church.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.