Louise High School student wins state GROW award
May 20, 2013 at 12:20 a.m.
Updated May 22, 2013 at 12:22 a.m.
A little hard work never scared Adam Morton.
From heavy lifting on the family farm to volunteer work and more, the Louise High School junior enjoys keeping busy.
And others have taken notice.
The 17-year-old recently received the Texas Department of Agriculture's GROW award, which goes to students who demonstrate leadership and excellence, according to a Department of Agriculture news release.
GROW stands for gives recognition for outstanding work.
News of the award came as a pleasant surprise to the student who learned of his win last week.
"It was kind of a shock to me that somebody actually paid attention to all the hard work and dedication I put into everybody and everything," he said. "It felt good to know somebody actually noticed and put my name out there, saying, 'Adam Morton is a good guy.'"
The Louise teen is vice president of Louise FFA and has shown animals in the Wharton County Youth Fair. He also serves as a junior deacon at The First Christian Church, among other area activities, according to the release.
He also holds state, national and world powerlifting records, he said, noting the most recent came in November.
Adam broke a world record at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters World Championships when he deadlifted 325 pounds.
He said he became interested in the sport after watching his brothers compete.
"My freshman year, I wanted to see what it was like," he said. "I was lucky enough to have a good coach who built me up and helped me get strong."
Academics, too, are important.
Adam overcame a learning disability, according to the release, and went on to become a member of the National Honor Society and student council. Today, he is ranked among the top in his class.
Texas Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples, in the news release, congratulated Adam on his win.
"The future of our great state rests in the hands of students like Adam who embody the character and work ethic that will continue to keep Texas at the forefront of today's competitive global economy," he said in the release.
In that same release, Amy Genz, Adam's agricultural science teacher and FFA adviser, described him as a guy who searches for ways to improve both himself and his surroundings.
"No task is too big or small for Adam; he pursues each with enthusiasm," said Genz, who nominated him for the award. "In the four years, I have known him, I have watched him develop into an outstanding young man, and I believe he is a deserving recipient of this award."
Adam's mother, Catherine Morton, agreed.
"He's got his hands in just about everything, and that's what makes him so good," she said. "It really does."
Adam said he appreciates the recognition, but it isn't why he does what he does.
He said he enjoys being around people and helping out and also had plenty of support growing up.
"I just want to return the favor," he said.
He encouraged other kids to get involved, behave and look for ways to help.
"You may think people ain't watching, but people are watching," he said. "Have fun but work hard."