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


AUSTIN — Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today honored Sabrina Torres, a senior from Jourdanton High School in Jourdanton, 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 Sabrina Torres for earning the GROW award,” Commissioner Staples said. “The future of our great state rests in the hands of students like Sabrina who embody the character and work ethic that will continue to keep Texas at the forefront of today’s competitive global economy.”


Sabrina was chosen for demonstrating leadership in her school activities, as well as a commitment to family and community service. Sabrina spends much of her time working with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a technical organization that promotes personal growth and development through family and consumer science education. She has been actively involved since her freshman year and currently serves as a region officer and on the FCCLA executive council where she helps plan regional and state meetings.


At FCCLA competitions, Sabrina has excelled in both team and interpersonal communication events. During her freshman year, she won a gold medal at the national competition and first place at state and regional competitions for her project that illustrated how images depicting negative body language could have an inflammatory influence on her fellow students. 


In addition to FCCLA, Sabrina serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the JHS yearbook, Senior Class Treasurer, captain in the color/winter guard, and as a member of the Honor Society and the Quill and Scroll Society.  


“It is refreshing and humbling to have my accomplishments recognized,” Sabrina said. “I am grateful for the support of my family, Jourdanton ISD, Mrs. Edna Ulbrich and Texas FCCLA for giving me the opportunities to be involved. I am honored to receive the GROW Award. Thank you to the committee for selecting me from your many deserving applicants.”


Sabrina also has contributed to community service projects such as blood drives, drives to help Bastrop fire victims, Pennies for Patients and has helped deliver Christmas gifts to Santa Rosa Hospital. She also is a member of the El Calvario Baptist Church.


“It is great to see young people like Sabrina recognized,” said Jourdanton High School teacher and FCCLA advisor Enda Ulbrich. “She takes constructive criticism well, follows instructions, asks questions and completes her responsibilities to the best of her ability, while maintaining a high GPA. Although Sabrina's family has had some difficult times this year, she has been a trooper making the best of what she has.”


After high school, Sabrina plans to attend The University of Texas at San Antonio and major in speech pathology. For more on Sabrina’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. Nominations for next month’s award are due Feb. 1, 2014.




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