COMMISSIONER STAPLES APPLAUDS FUTURE TEXAS LEADERS WITH NEW ‘GROW’ AWARD
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle school, high school students
AUSTIN — Recognizing today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, today announced the Texas Department of Agriculture will acknowledge promising young Texans with the new GROW Award. The award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work to middle and high school student leaders who demonstrate excellence in their pursuits inside and outside the classroom.
“The future of the Lone Star State is in the hands of today’s youth,” Commissioner Staples said. “Leadership in the classroom, the lab, at home and in the field is vitally important to give students the training and experience needed to remain competitive in today’s global job market. It is a pleasure to recognize the hard-working students in Texas who will drive the Texas economy for years to come.”
The GROW award celebrates outstanding student leaders who demonstrate excellence in either their academic or extracurricular activities. The award highlights a student’s special interests, service to community and family, strong work ethic, leadership and overall character. Award recipients will receive an official certificate from Commissioner Staples and special recognition on the TDA website. Students can be nominated by community leaders such as teachers, coaches, school administrators, mayors, county judges or anyone else committed to recognizing youth leadership and achievement. A committee will choose a winner each month during the regular school year.
“Many people may not realize there are more than 200 different agriculture-related careers out there for our young people to explore,” Commissioner Staples said. “Agriculture today is technically advanced, diverse, efficient and innovative. It takes a close partnership with education to grow the knowledge and skills necessary to produce the clothes we wear, the houses we live in, the food we eat, the medicines that heal us and the energy that powers our lives.”
To nominate a promising middle or high school student in your area, visit the TDA website at TexasAgriculture.gov. Once nominated, students will need to complete the online application and respond to three short-answer questions. The first GROW award recipient will be announced Oct. 15, 2012. For a list of agriculture-related careers, click here.
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