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Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle school, high school students


AUSTIN — Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today honored Tyler Parks, a senior from Centerville High School in Centerville, Texas, as the winner of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s monthly GROW award. The award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work to middle and high school students who demonstrate leadership and excellence inside and outside the classroom.


“I congratulate Tyler for earning the GROW award,” Commissioner Staples said. “The future of our great state rests in the hands of students like Tyler who embody the character and work ethic that will continue to keep Texas at the forefront of today’s competitive global economy.”


Tyler was chosen for his entrepreneurship. During his junior year, Tyler established his own agri-business company, servicing tractor air conditioning systems. He worked with his father for two years and then contracted with him to start up his own business. In addition, Tyler also has successfully exhibited steers at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and at the Leon County Youth Livestock Show where he won Grand Champion pen of Commercial Heifers, as well as the Herdsman Award for outstanding ranch management skills. Currently, Tyler serves as chapter reporter for the Centerville FFA chapter.


“It was really a surprise to learn that I received this award, especially on the state level,” Tyler said. “I am honored and will remember this forever.”


Upon graduation, Tyler plans to attend Blinn Junior College in Bryan, Texas, and later transfer to Sam Houston State University. After earning a degree, he plans to work in the air conditioning sales and service industry. 


“Tyler is a very dedicated young man who puts forth his best at everything,” said Centerville ISD agricultural science teacher Mark Wilson. “He enjoys working with his animals and working with his air conditioning business. Tyler is truly a pleasure to have in class and work with outside the school environment.”


For more on Tyler’s accomplishments, click here.


Commissioner Staples established the GROW award to celebrate outstanding student leaders who demonstrate excellence in either their academic or extracurricular activities. To nominate a promising middle or high school student, visit the TDA website at One GROW award winner is chosen monthly. Applications for next month’s award are due March 1, 2013.




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