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


AUSTIN — Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today honored Sara Washington, an eighth grader from Deer Park Junior High in Deer Park, 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 Sara for earning the TDA GROW award,” Commissioner Staples said. “The future of our great state rests in the hands of students like Sara who embody the character and work ethic that will continue to keep Texas at the forefront of today’s competitive global economy.”


Washington was chosen from hundreds of Texas students for demonstrating leadership in her school activities as well as her commitment to community service. She is president of the student council, an NCA All-American Cheerleader, an honor roll student and volunteer at her church. Additionally, Washington works to end bullying and injustice on campus through the No Place for Hate coalition. She also has established an organization called “Sara’s Soldiers – Crusade for a Cure,” which has raised nearly $1,000 for childhood cancer research by selling handmade hair bows.


“I love helping people and I am very shocked to be recognized for work and accomplishments that bring me so much happiness,” Washington said. “Receiving this award is a great honor.”


Washington’s dream is to attend medical school, become a pediatric specialist and grow her “Sara’s Soldiers” organization into a leading force against childhood cancer.


“Sara Washington is a leader among her peers,” said Principal Tiffany Regan of Deer Park Junior High School. “Her work ethic inside and outside the classroom is above reproach. Sara actively participates in classroom lessons and leads her peers in school clubs and activities. She is an amazing teenager and a true leader!”


For more on Sara’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. 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.


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 Dec. 1, 2012.




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