COMMISSIONER STAPLES ENCOURAGES ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS, COMMUNITY LEADERS TO NOMINATE PROMISING STUDENTS FOR GROW AWARD BY OCTOBER 1
Award honors middle school, high school students for outstanding work
AUSTIN — As the 2013 school year gets underway, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples reminds teachers, school administrators and community leaders across Texas to nominate promising students for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s 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. We were able to recognize some amazing students last school year, and I look forward to adding more young people to our distinguished list of GROW Award recipients.”
The GROW award celebrates outstanding student leaders who demonstrate excellence in 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 homes 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, click here. Applications are due Oct. 1, 2013. The first GROW award recipient of the 2013 school year will be announced on Oct. 15, 2013.
Commissioner Staples began recognizing Texas students with the GROW Award during the 2012 school year. Click here to view all of our GROW award recipients.