Editor's note: The following is part of an Emerging Leaders series to feature the accomplishments of one seventh or eighth grade student from each middle school in Walker County. Colby …
Editor's note: The following is part of an Emerging Leaders series to feature the accomplishments of one seventh or eighth grade student from each middle school in Walker County.
Colby Morrison is a natural born leader.
It was no surprise to his peers and teachers at Curry Middle School that the seventh grader was named the Alabama State Beta Club vice president in March. He joined the school's Beta Club last year, and the club's sponsor, Lisa Hammack, said she knew early on that Morrison could accomplish great things.
"He's a natural. I could just see that in Colby as a sixth grader going into seventh grade," she said.
To prepare for running as vice president at the State Beta Club convention, Morrison had to prepare a speech, create a slogan and get the help of fellow Beta members to put together a promotional skit.
Morrison played off messages from the "Wizard of Oz" in his speech at Beta Club Convention March 12-15, discussing how one needs to be a leader in their heart and have the brains and courage to accomplish great things.
"It focuses on the characteristics of the people in 'Wizard of Oz' — the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion — and what they were missing and how that needs to be played into being a leader," Morrison said.
He recently gave the same speech, roughly one-minute long, at a meeting of the Walker County Board of Education, when Curry Middle School's Beta Club was recognized.
"You have a brain for a reason. It's to think and process thoughts. Leaders do just that. They think. They're creative," Morrison said, in part, at the meeting.
Prior to ever considering a run for state office of the Beta Club, Morrison held the same leadership qualities at home. He explained that his sister, Jersey, has cerebral palsy, and he strives to be strong during challenging moments.
He also has another sister, Paisley.
In addition to Beta Club, Morrison said he enjoys social studies and is part of the school's student council. He also does editing for Curry Middle's television program and was named county MVP for quiz bowl.
He says he's excited about upcoming projects for the school's Beta Club, where he serves as chaplain.
"We're going to build an outdoor area for the Shadescrest nursing home, and I think that's a really good thing," Morrison said. "They don't have anywhere outside to go and have fun."
Morrison will travel to the National Beta Club Convention in June to compete for National Beta vice president.
It's no stretch of the imagination that Morrison wants to be a lawyer when he's older, considering he's already a pro at public speaking and has the heart to serve others.
"I really like being a role model, and I think that it will give me a better future — having a foundation — for what I'm going to be doing in the future," he said. "If people look up to me, then I believe that if I do great, they'll do great."