Awards

NAAE: 2016 Award Winners

*News releases about each award winner will be issued after the award is presented at the 2016 NAAE Convention in November.

National Agriscience Teacher of the Year

Herman & Bobbie WilsonThe National Agriscience Teacher of the Year award recognizes teachers who have inspired and enlightened their students through engaging and interactive lessons in the science of agriculture.

This award is sponsored by Herman & Bobbie Wilson as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Region I

Trent VanLeuven

Trent VanLeuven, ID

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Region II

Susan Swope

Susan Swope, NM

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Region III

Larry Plapp

Larry Plapp, WI

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Region IV

John Poulson

John Poulson, OH

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Region V

Farrah Johnson

Farrah Johnson, FL

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Region VI

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones, VA

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Outstanding Young Member

John Deere The Outstanding Young Member Award is a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession and to recognize their participation in professional activities.

This program is sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Region I

Natalie Ryan

Natalie Ryan, CA

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Region II

Masson Jones

Mason Jones, OK

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Region III

Jamie Propson

Jamie Propson, WI

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Region IV

Renee Wangler

Renee Wangler, MI

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Region V

Adrienne Smith

Adrienne Smith, GA

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Region VI

Darla Romberger

Darla Romberger, PA

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Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award

This program recognizes NAAE members who are at the pinnacle of their profession—those who are conducting the highest quality agricultural education programs. The award recognizes leadership in civic, community, agriculture/agribusiness and professional activities. Outstanding agricultural educators are innovators and catalysts for student success in agricultural education.

The Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award is sponsored by Caterpillar, Inc. and Tractor Supply Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Region I

Tom Andres

Tom Andres, MT

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Region II

Jacob Larison

Jacob Larison, KS

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Region III

Paul Larson

Ellen Doese, IA

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Region IV

J. Wes York

J. Wes York, KY

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Region V

Nelson McCracken

Nelson McCracken, GA

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Region VI

Sherisa Nailor

Sherisa Nailor, PA

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Outstanding Middle/Secondary Ag Ed Program

A goal of NAAE is to promote outstanding programs in agricultural education and effectively communicate success stories. The Outstanding Middle/Secondary School Ag Ed Program Award promulgates that goal. Agricultural education programs in middle schools and secondary schools are eligible to participate in this recognition program.

The Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education program award is sponsored by AGCO and Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Region I

Tulare High School

Tulare High School, CA

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Mission Valley High School

Mission Valley High School, KS

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Region III

Elkhorn Area High School

Elkhorn Area High School, WI

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Region IV

Calloway County High School

Calloway County High School, KY

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Region V

Tomlin Middle School

Tomlin Middle School, FL

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Region VI

Thomas McKean High School

Thomas McKean High School, DE

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Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Ag. Ed Program

MonsantoThe Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Ag Ed Program award recognizes exemplary 2-year postsecondary institutions and full time young farmer and adult agricultural education programs. Qualifying young farmer and/or adult ag ed program staff must devote at least 50 percent of their teaching time to this level of instruction.

The Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Ag Ed Program award is sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Region I

Treasure Valley CC

Treasure Valley Community College, OR

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Region II

Ellsworth CC

Chisholm Young Farmers, OK

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Ellsworth CC

Ellsworth Community College, IA

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LaRue County Young Farmers

LaRue County Young Farmers Program, KY

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Region V Murray County Young Farmers Murray County Young Farmers Program, GA News Release

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Manheim Young Farmers

Manheim Young Farmers Program, PA

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Teacher Mentor

CEV If you ask agriculture teachers what motivated them to enter and stay in the teaching profession, predominately they will attribute their decision to another agriculture teacher who encouraged them. Many state agricultural education associations have recognized the importance of positive relationships between beginning and experienced teachers by creating formal organizational structures to connect beginning and experienced teachers. This award program will provide additional incentives for experienced teachers to become mentors for beginning teachers, and it will provide beginning teachers a way to say thank you to the experienced teachers who have influenced them

This program is sponsored by CEV Multimedia.

Region I

Leah Joy Smith

Leah Smith, OR

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Region II

Melinda Tague

Melinda Tague, OK

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Region III

Mary Hoffmann

Mary Hoffmann, MN

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Region IV

Darryl Matherly

Darryl Matherly, KY

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Region V

Gwendolyn Clark

Gwendolyn Clark, NC

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Region VI

Daniel Foster

Daniel Foster, PA

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Ideas Unlimited

The Ideas Unlimited contest is designed to give members an opportunity to exchange classroom, SAE, leadership, and other teaching ideas.

This program is sponsored by National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning.

Region I

Curtis Willems

Curtis Willems, AZ

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Region II

Melinda Tague

Melinda Tague, OK

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Region III

Lisa Steinken

Lisa Steinken, SD

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Region IV

Kraig Bowers

Kraig Bowers, IN

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Region V

Robert Bollier

Robert Bollier, SC

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Region VI

Jessica DeVries

Jessica DeVries, NY

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Lifetime Achievement

Ford NAAE will recognize retired NAAE members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels with Lifetime Achievement Award.

This program is sponsored by Ford as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Region I

Dale Crawford

Dale Crawford, OR

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Region II

Steve Harbstreit

Dr. Steve Harbstreit

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Region III

Cal Geiger

Cal Geiger, WI

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Region IV

William S. Wheeler

William S. Wheeler, MI

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Region V

Dr. Gordon Patterson

Dr. Gordon Patterson, AL

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Region VI

Carole Fay

Carole Fay, PA

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Outstanding Cooperation

ftj NAAE recognizes organizations, agribusiness companies, and others who have given outstanding support to agricultural education with the Outstanding Cooperation Award.

The plaques for this program are sponsored by Forrest T. Jones & Company.

Region I Mount Baker Rotary, WA News Release
Region II   Kendall Brashears, OK News Release
Region III Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, IA News Release
Region IV Youth Education in
Agriculture Committe, IL
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Region V CEV Multimedia News Release
Region VI Center for Dairy
Excellence Foundation, PA
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Outstanding Service Citation

Monsanto NAAE will recognize current and retired NAAE members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels with the Outstanding Service Citation.

This program is sponsored by Goodheart-Wilcox.

Region I

Denny Quinby

Denny Quinby, OR

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Region II

Monte Womack

Monte Womack, OK

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Region III

James Ertl

James Ertl, MN

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Region IV

Matt Chaliff

Matt Chaliff, KY

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Region V

Roy Walls

Jerry Wood, TN

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Region VI

Roy Walls

Roy S.Walls Jr., MD

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Teachers Turn the Key

Ram Agricultural education is continually faced with a shortage of qualified teachers. Unless those who have been trained enter and remain in the profession for a period of several years, the shortage of qualified teachers will prevail. As a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession and to encourage and recognize participation in professional activities, NAAE offers the Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship.

This program is sponsored by RAM Trucks as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Region I Melissa Veo, AZ News Release
Lauren Peterson, CA News Release
Tyler Johnson, ID News Release
Casey Willmore, MT News Release
Katie Partlow, OR News Release
Kasey Roath, UT News Release
Emily Wamsley, WA News Release
Randall Haefele, WY News Release
   
Region II Justin Wiedower, AR News Release
Sarah Molzahn, KS News Release
Lauren Emerson, LA News Release
Cameron Dale, OK News Release
   
Region III Molly Dolch, IA News Release
Samantha Selness, MN News Release
Darin Spelhaug, ND News Release
Ashton Bohling, NE News Release
Shane Gross, SD News Release
Jamie Propson, WI News Release
   
Region IV Coleman Sappington, IL News Release
Megan McGrady, IN News Release
Shelby Blevins, KY News Release
Joseph Ankley, MI News Release
Sarah Ray, MO News Release
Sara Casto, OH News Release
   
Region V Amanda Johnson, FL News Release
Hannah Elrick, GA News Release
Carla Williamson, MS News Release
Alyssa Spence, NC News Release
Jessica Jones, SC News Release
Chris Martin, TN News Release
   
Region VI Jessica Leone, DE News Release
Bridget Nicholson, MD News Release
Keely DiTizio, NJ News Release
Sheri Boardman, NY News Release
Megan Slates, PA News Release
Melinda Hinkle, VA News Release
Brianne McCauley, WV News Release
   

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Upper Division Ag Education Scholarship Recipients

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Growth Energy and National Geographic Leaning | Cengage Learning and proceeds from the ticket raffle at the NAAE convention, NAAE awarded scholarships to students who are majoring in agricultural education and who will be completing their student teaching in the fall 2016 or spring 2017 semesters.

This program is sponsored by Growth Energy and National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning

 

Beth Augustine Kansas State University News Release
Breanne Brammer University of Missouri News Release
Laura Crosby Purdue University News Release
Noah Crosson University of California-Davis News Release
Tyler Foote University of Wisconsin-River Falls News Release
Isaiah Govea The University of Arizona News Release
Leann Green North Carolina State University News Release
Kayla Hack The Pennsylvania State University News Release
Justin Hall Mississippi State University News Release
Miranda Kane The Pennsylvania State University News Release
Amy Loschen University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign News Release
Emma Miller Oregon State University News Release
Katie Mitchell Montana State University-Bozeman News Release
Marissa Modglin Purdue University News Release
Cheyenne Moyer Kansas State University News Release
Nathaniel Nolden University of Wisconsin-River Falls News Release
Jacob Rutledge Kansas State University News Release
Gwynn Simeniuk Montana State University-Bozeman News Release
Samantha Sims University of Idaho News Release
Rylyn Small Southeast Missouri State News Release
Matthew Snyder The Pennsylvania State University News Release
Allisa Sowder University of Kentucky News Release
Corey Thomas University of Connecticut News Release
Mia Thomsen Washington State University News Release
Sarah Warren University of Kentucky News Release