Montgomery Co. 4-H youth wins “Cecil & Leonard” humor award

A local youth has been honored by a Triangle broadcaster.

17-year-old Austin Morris of Montgomery Co. is interviewed on WRAL-TV, Raleigh, Aug. 28, 2014, after he won the "Cecil & Leonard" award. (WRAL image)

17-year-old Austin Morris of Montgomery Co. is interviewed on WRAL-TV, Raleigh, Aug. 28, 2014, after he won the “Cecil & Leonard” award. (WRAL image)

17-year-old Austin Morris was recently named winner of the “Cecil and Leonard Award”, presented by Capitol Broadcasting of Raleigh in memory of long-time WRAL farm reporter Ray Wilkinson.

Wilkinson created the fictional characters of Cecil and Leonard and often told humorous stories of their adventures. Now, the company sponsors a contest through North Carolina 4-H to carry on the legacy, awarding an annual prize through a 4-H talent competition.

Austin Morris said he was encouraged to compete by Montgomery County 4-H agent Chrissy Haynes. Haynes has worked with Morris as he has completed community service projects and developed his presentation and public speaking skills.

Morris was recently inducted in the 4-H Honor Club.

Click here to see the WRAL-TV interview.

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