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Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle school, high school students


AUSTIN — Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today honored Thomas “Adam” Morton, a junior from Louise High School in Louise, Texas, as the winner of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s monthly GROW award. The award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work to middle and high school students who demonstrate leadership and excellence inside and outside the classroom.


“I congratulate Adam Morton for earning the GROW award,” Commissioner Staples said. “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.”


Adam has distinguished himself among other applicants for his commitment to his studies, extra-curricular activities, community and family. Adam has worked hard to overcome a learning disability and is now enrolled in advanced placement classes. He is ranked in the top percentage of his class and is a member of the National Honor Society and student council.


He is also active in FFA and serves as chapter vice president. Adam has represented Louise High School at the Wharton County Youth Fair with steer, market swine and market goat projects, winning the Beef Herdsman award with his fellow participants. 


Notably, Adam competes in state, national and international powerlifting competitions where he currently holds a state, national and world record in his weight class for dead lift and bench press. He also helps coach other power lifters.


“I am honored to have been chosen for this award,” Adam said. “I am truly blessed and will continue to do the hard work necessary to make my parents and my leaders proud.”


Outside of school, Adam serves as a junior deacon at The First Christian Church, volunteers at community festivals, local beautification days and other community events. In addition he enjoys hunting and fishing with his family, working with his older brothers and working in the fields during harvest.


“Adam has and continues to exhibit excellence in all of his endeavors,” said Amy Genz, Adam’s agricultural science teacher and FFA advisor. “He shows a work ethic rarely seen in today’s youth. He takes initiative and seeks out ways to improve himself and his surroundings. No task seems too big or small for Adam; he pursues each with enthusiasm. 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 plans to attend Texas A&M University, major in wildlife biology and upon graduation pursue a career as a game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife.  For more on Adam’s accomplishments, click here.


Commissioner Staples established the GROW award to celebrate outstanding student leaders who demonstrate excellence in either their academic or extracurricular activities. Students can be nominated by community leaders such as teachers, coaches, school administrators, mayors, county judges or others committed to recognizing youth leadership and achievement.


GROW is awarded during the regular school session, from October to May. The next GROW award will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013; applications due by Oct. 1, 2013. To nominate a promising middle or high school student, visit the TDA website at




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