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The Golden Owl Award® recognizes outstanding agricultural educators in several states, including New York.

Nominate your favorite agricultural educator

Presented by Nationwide®, the New York FFA and the New York Farm Bureau, the Golden Owl Award recognizes agricultural educators across New York for their tremendous contributions to helping the next generation of agricultural leaders. Students, fellow teachers and other supporters can nominate their favorite agricultural teacher and summarize what makes him or her the best in the state.

Nominees have an opportunity to win great cash prizes and the title of New York Agricultural Educator of the Year. Prizes include:

  • $500 and an engraved plaque to each of the 11 honorees
  • $3,000 and the coveted Golden Owl Award trophy to the grand prize winner (New York Agricultural Educator of the Year)

In conjunction with the Golden Owl Award, Nationwide is donating $5,000 to the New York FFA to further support the personal and professional growth of students, teachers and advisors alike.

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Nominate an outstanding agricultural educator August 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Here's a look at New York's Golden Owl Award winners and honorees.

New York

New York's honorees

Patrycja Zbrzezny Patrycja Zbrzezny
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 1
John Bowne High School
Flushing, New York
Anne Allen Anne Allen
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 2
Sharon Springs Central School
Sharon Springs, New York
Elizabeth Foote Elizabeth Foote
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 3
Greenwich Jr./Sr. High School
Greenwich, New York
Renee Johnson Renee Johnson
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 4
Oxford Academy High School
Oxford, New York
Mandi Millen Mandi Millen
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 5
Cazenovia High School
Cazenovia, New York
Nichole Hirt Nichole Hirt
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 6
Indian River High School
Philadelphia, New York
Leann Jordan Leann Jordan
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 7
Tully Junior Senior High School
Tully, New York
Mary Coolbaugh Mary Coolbaugh
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 8
Marcus Whitman High School
Rushville, New York
Todd Eick Todd Eick
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 9
Medina High School
Medina, New York
Patricia Walker Patricia Walker
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 10
Randolph Central School
Randolph, New York
Jeff Perry Jeff Perry
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
Collegiate
Cornell University CALS
Ithaca, New York
For more information, see our award rules.
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