Press release from The Center from Rural Development
Colton Morrow, a rising senior at Wayne County High School, recently completed his Rogers Scholars community service project which included spending hundreds of hours in a local cemetery removing debris along with cleaning, repairing and restoring tombstones. Colton also sprayed herbicide to impede the growth of vegetation and make the continued upkeep easier. He then made a map of the tombstone locations along with the names and dates contained on each, and submitted the information along with pictures to findagrave.com so that community members and loved ones far away could access the records.
When asked why he chose this community service project, Colton said, “This project was important to me because it has allowed me to have a small part in preserving the history of the community. Some of the graves were of veterans from the Civil War along with some of the founders of the community. I enjoy spending time outside, and I enjoy learning about history so this project was a perfect combination of the two.”
Colton’s dad, Wayne Morrow, added, “It was an honor for me to see a young man take pride in his community, and to see him work so hard to help others by restoring a cemetery that had been neglected for many years. It restored my faith in our young people.”
A local community member, Fred Phillips, who met Colton while he was completing his Eagle Scout service project, commented that Colton “is an outstanding young man with a very bright future.”
Colton completed the Rogers Scholars program last summer, and he was recently chosen to represent Wayne County High School as a Governor’s Scholar at Morehead State University, and also as the county’s representative for the RECC Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. In addition, Colton previously won a Presidential Scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University for winning the business proposal competition with his invention while attending the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute. Colton was also awarded a medal as the Prudential Spirit of Community distinguished finalist. Colton is very involved as an Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 170, is a member of the Wayne County wrestling team, and is an active member of New Salem Baptist Church. He is a member of the Beta Club, Gifted and Talented, the Torch and Laurel Honor Society, and the National Society of High School Scholars. Colton is the son of Wayne and Wanetta Morrow.
Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a non-profit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.
Rogers Scholars – The Center’s flagship youth program – is open to high school sophomore students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky seeking to build their leadership and entrepreneurial skills. The program provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for young people to fulfill their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders. For more information on the Rogers Scholars program, please visit centeryouthprograms.com or call 606-677-6000.
Colton Morrow does maintanence on a local cemetary