Hanna Heuring, a senior from Petrolia High School, has been named the winner of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GROW award for the month of April.
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 Hanna Heuring for earning the GROW award,” Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. “The future of our great state rests in the hands of students like Hanna who embody the character and work ethic that will continue to keep Texas at the forefront of today’s competitive global economy.”
Hanna was chosen for demonstrating leadership in her school activities, as well as her commitment to community service. She has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years and serves as vice president of her school’s chapter. Through Honor Society, she has organized and dedicated many hours to community service projects, including blood drives, Petrolia Motorcycle Fun Run and Festival, Have a Heart for Cystic Fibrosis, and Clay County Christmas outreach. She is currently planning a prom for the senior citizens in her community.
“I am beyond honored to receive this wonderful award,” Hanna said. “It feels amazing to have my efforts recognized and appreciated.”
Hanna also is an active member of student council and the Petrolia FFA. She has served in leadership positions for both organizations, as well as raised show animals for FFA. Last year, she was among six students chosen to receive a STAR award for leadership from the Times Record News.
“Hanna is an outstanding young lady,” said Grace Rivers, teacher at Petrolia High School. “She exhibits leadership skills in a variety of activities in school and out of school. Hanna manages to be involved in many extracurricular activities while maintaining her excellent GPA and taking college courses. She is a leader by example. Her peers and younger students look up to her and respect her.”
In addition to academics, Hanna has been a cheerleader during all four years of high school. She has received many awards, including being named All-American from the Universal Cheerleaders Association. When not cheering on the team, Hanna choreographs dances for the pewee and midget cheerleaders in her community. She also plays volleyball, basketball and tennis, as well as runs cross-country and participates in powerlifting competitions.
After graduation, Hanna plans to major in mass communications at Midwestern State University and pursue a career in public relations.