5 Star Student: Award winning writer


Morgan Graham is only 11-years-old, but is already an award winning writer.

He's a 5th grader at Flatwoods Elementary School in Lee County, Va.

He's had three literary works published in the annual Origin Project book, which compiles writings by students from Southwest Virginia.

His latest poem published in the book is award winning and titled "My Papaw's Coat."

Morgan says the poem was inspired by a coat passed down to him from his great grandfather.

"I wanted to write the poem for my great grandmother, because she passed away in August," said Morgan.

He comes from a very close-knit family. His father says Morgan embodies many qualities his great grandfather had.

"Morgan's a good athlete, and my grandfather was too. My grandfather loved baseball and was quick-witted. My grandfather was good at math, and so is Morgan," said Robert Graham, Morgan's father.

In fact, math is Morgan's favorite subject.

"Morgan has a thirst for knowledge that I've never seen in a student before. He's always asking for harder work. When you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up he tells you an engineer for a motor company," said Alena Satterfield, Morgan's math teacher.

"I always wanted to be an engineer because I like building things," said Morgan.

Morgan's also following in his great grandfather's footsteps with a love of baseball.

"When you play baseball you get to hang out with your friends and play one of you favorite sports at the same time, it's just cool," said Morgan.

But beyond school and sports, Morgan impresses his teachers with his constant willingness to help others.

"You don't know what's going on in other people's lives, and you could really hurt their feelings by doing something. So, it's always good to be nice," said Morgan.

That attitude and the fact that he's a straight A student is what makes Morgan a 5 Star Student.

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