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  DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RECOGNIZES TEXAS FFA MEMBERS
 
By: Katlyn Gast, Texas FFA News Staff
March 15, 2016

 
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The Texas Department of Agriculture emphasizes that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders by acknowledging promising young Texans with the GROW Award. The award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work (GROW) to middle and high school student leaders who demonstrate excellence in their pursuits inside and outside the classroom.

Over the past four years numerous Texas FFA members have been recognized as GROW Award recipients. The award highlights a student’s special interests, service to community and family, strong work ethic, leadership and overall character. 

“Every day, we hear about young Texans doing great work in their communities, leading their peers and demonstrating excellence,” said Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller. “Our youth are our greatest resource and now is the time to recognize these young folks for their hard work and amazing contributions to our state.”

Onalaska FFA member, Casey Neuman, was named the most recent GROW Award recipient for February 2016. Neuman’s agriculture science teachers identify him as an influential member of multiple leadership and career development teams in FFA. He has served for three consecutive years as an FFA officer and currently holds the elected responsibility of Sam Houston District FFA President for the Area IX FFA Association.

“I wake up every morning with a simple ‘game-plan’ in my head: Do what is right and fair always, make the choices that will benefit my future and that of others, and give God the glory for everything,” said Neuman. “These three simple points of emphasis have led me to where I am today.”

Neuman is involved in numerous school organizations such as the National Honor Society and is an O.I.S.D. Strategic Planning Committee Student Member. He also participates in a variety of community service activities.

“Over the course of these years, I have witnessed [Neuman] generously and unselfishly help his peers, teachers and community, and volunteer for numerous charitable efforts,” said Onalaska Agriculture Science Teacher, Jessica Graham. “His work ethic, community and family values, honesty, integrity and perseverance are second to none.” 

To view past GROW Award recipients or to nominate a promising middle or high school student in your area click here.
 
 
 
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