• November 2020- Randy Posey

    Randy Posey

    Name: Randy Posey           

    Year Graduated from FPHS: 2007        

    Colleges (s) attended: University of Alabama- Birmingham (UAB)

    Where did you graduate? Year? UAB 2012

    Degree(s)? Bachelor of Science in Economics – Policy and Analysis


     What is your current occupation and Job Title?

    I am the owner of Randy Posey Allstate Agency which provides personal and commercial property/liability insurance. I am also licensed to offer retirement solutions such as mutual funds, 401k’s and IRA’s.

    How has something you learned at FPHS helped you in your career or life journey? 

    Playing sports in High School teaches you many things. Most of all it taught me that “the game” isn’t always fair. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. How you handle a win or a loss will develop your character. Thankfully I was around many coaches and teammates that helped shaped my character that has helped me daily.

    What was your favorite high school class at FPHS? 

    I had many classes that made an impact on my future. One that really stands out is Mr Crawford’s history class. Not only did he teach me about history but about how to take notes at a high rate of speed which helped out in college. He also would give soap box speeches about random things like “the political pendulum” that til this day makes so much sense not only in politics but many things in  life.

    Who was your favorite teacher at FPHS and why?  

    I had many favorite teachers that steered me in a positive direction. A couple that really helped me out was Mr. Alonzo Black who encouraged me to go to advanced diploma and pursue college which I had no desire to attend. He changed my mind and it was monumental to get where I am today. Along with Mr. Black, Mrs. Barnes helped me get into college with a letter of recommendation. They may not know how much they have impacted my life, but looking back, that big decision pointed my life in a different direction.

    What is your favorite memory from high school? Or a special story you would like to share? When the football team went to Camptoknowhim and we created the “win10” mantra that propelled our season to one of the best in history. It honestly was like a movie and I can’t believe I was part of it. It was truly special.

    What advice would you give to current high school students about education and pursuing their future careers?

    *Don’t allow money to determine your career path. Allow happiness to guide your direction. If you do what makes you happy you will never work a day in your life.

    *Never forget that in every situation, whether good or bad, there is always an opportunity for positive growth.

    *The greatest achievement in life is to give your heart to Jesus and follow his discipleship.

    Randy Posey Family The Poseys

  • October 2020- Morgan Sparks Martin, MD

    Morgan Sparks Martin, MD

    Name:  Morgan Sparks Martin, MD 

    Year Graduated from FPHS:  2006

    Colleges (s) attended: 

    Auburn University 2006-2010

    University of Alabama at Birmingham 2010-2014

    Penn State University 2014-2015 General Surgery Internship

    Tulane University 2015-2019 General Surgery Residency 

    Emory University 2019- current Plastic Surgery Residency 

    Where did you graduate? Year? Degree(s)? 

    BS/Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Ladde) Biomedical Science/Pre-med- Auburn University c/o 2010

    BA/Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Ladde) Spanish- Auburn University c/o 2010

    MD/Doctor of Medicine- University of Alabama School of Medicine c/o 2014

    Board Certified General Surgeon 2019 


    What is your current occupation and Job Title? 

    I am currently a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellow at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia, in my 7th post graduate year (post doctoral). 

    I am a board certified General Surgeon and am continuing my training in plastic surgery so that I can perform complex reconstructive operations including microsurgical procedures. In Plastic Surgery, we perform reconstruction of defects from trauma, cancer, or complex medical conditions. 

    Morgan Sparks Martin

     

    How has something you learned at FPHS helped you in your career or life journey? 

    The biggest take away from high school was the discipline I learned in the marching band. We had to practice countless hours, perform, compete and adhere to a structure not typical of many high school organizations. These skills laid a foundation that has been instrumental throughout every level of my training and highly demanding career. 

     Morgan Sparks Martin Morgan Sparks Martin

    What was your favorite high school class at FPHS?  

    Band! Both concert and marching band. 

     

    Who was your favorite teacher at FPHS and why?  

    Ms. Rodgers! She was the band director at FPHS at the time. She was seen as very strict, but this proved to be a great source for discipline that helped cultivate a work ethic that I still enforce today. 

     

    What is your favorite memory from high school? Or a special story you would like to share?

    My favorite memory would have to be a collection of memories from all the friday night football games I spent marching in the band with my best friends as a majorette. It was so incredible to perform on the field and feel like a star especially when the performance was on point. I'm pretty sure we won "Best in Class" in almost every division at one competition. At the time, we were one of the best in the region! circa 2002-2006

     

    What advice would you give to current high school students about education and pursuing their future careers?

    In high school, there will be a lot of people settling for less... not pushing themselves and not performing to the best of their ability. Do not let this pull you down or let you think your dreams are not possible. The world is so much bigger than high school, and there are so many people out there doing incredible things. Those incredible things start small and are so much easier to achieve by taking baby steps in the right direction. Just keep improving and striving for being your personal best every day.