Commissioner Staples Honors Student for Outstanding Achievement

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

Emily was chosen for demonstrating leadership in her school activities as well as her commitment to community service. Emily excels in the classroom and on the track and basketball court. Additionally, she is president of the local 4-H club and a member of the Throckmorton FFA. Emily has dedicated herself to improving Throckmorton and has led canned food drives, highway cleanups and other events to beautify her town.

“I wish there were more students and residents like Emily in Throckmorton County,” said Brad Bellah, president of the Throckmorton County Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. “I am most grateful for what Emily has done for our downtown area. She organizes regular cleanup dates for our downtown flowerbeds and vacant lots. Because of her hard work, all travelers who drive through downtown Throckmorton are able to see a picturesque, small, Texas town. The pride Emily has for Throckmorton is extremely evident and should be honored by all.”

“Thank you for choosing me for the January GROW award,” Emily said. “I am very excited to be receiving such an honor from the respected Texas Department of Agriculture.”

Next fall, Emily plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in agricultural communications. For more on Emily’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 Feb. 1, 2013.