The senior beat out nine other male finalists from around the state to receive the honor, which celebrates hard work, dedication in athletics, academics and community leadership. Tiffany Pate, a softball and basketball player at Briarwood Academy in Warrenton, was the female winner.
Humble and Pate will advance to compete against winners from other states for an opportunity to be named one of 12 national finalists. The finalists will be brought to New York, and the two national winners — one male, one female — will be revealed during the announcement of college football’s Heisman Trophy winner Dec. 14.
“I’m thrilled to get this award,” Humble said. “It would be really great to go to the next step. I’m glad to be recognized for what I do and for my community.”
Humble and Pate were chosen from 48,000 total applicants, surviving rounds that narrowed contenders to one male and one female winner from each school, and then to 20 state finalists.
Humble has spent the past three years competing in his two sports at Walton. He has a 4.62 grade-point average and will have completed as many as 16 Advanced Placement courses by the time he graduates this spring.
Humble is also involved in several community service projects and takes part in various leadership activities.
“He’s a very well-rounded young man,” Walton cross country and track coach Travis Gower said. “He’s very successful in the classroom and he’s a good cross country runner. His charitable work is impressive as well.
“It’s quite an honor for him to be recognized by a national program that’s been around for a while. It’s nice to have a young man from Walton win the award.”
Among Humble’s leadership and community service projects, he is part of the board for the Walton Leadership Team at the school, and part of the county-wide Cobb Youth Leadership program. A Beta Club officer at Walton and a member of the senior advisory board, Humble volunteers at the food pantry at the Catholic Church of St. Ann, and he delivers food to MUST Ministries.
His other community service projects are related to Walton events, like toy drives and putting together meals for soldiers.
Humble heard about the Wendy’s High School Heisman from his brother, Ryan, who applied to the program two years ago. Colin and his brother co-founded a homeless outreach ministry through his church two years ago.
“I heard about the program from (Ryan), but he didn’t get selected,” Humble said, “so it’s a little weird getting chosen.”