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

Nominate your favorite agricultural educator

Presented by Nationwide®, the Ohio FFA, Ohio Farm Bureau®, Farm Credit Mid-America and AgCredit, the Golden Owl Award recognizes agricultural educators across Ohio 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 the title of Ohio Agricultural Educator of the Year and great cash prizes for their school’s ag program. Prizes include:

  • $500 to each of the 10 honorees’ school ag program and an engraved plaque to each honoree
  • $3,000 to the grand prize winner's school ag program and the coveted Golden Owl Award trophy to the grand prize winner (Ohio Agricultural Educator of the Year)

In conjunction with the Golden Owl Award, Nationwide is donating $5,000 to the Ohio 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 Ohio's Golden Owl Award winners and honorees.

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Ohio's honorees

Don Hammersmith Don Hammersmith
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
Region 1
Ayersville High School
Defiance, Ohio
Mike Hoffman Mike Hoffman
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
Region 2
Wynford High School
Bucyrus, Ohio
Shari Anderson Shari Anderson
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
Region 3
Marysville High School
Marysville, Ohio
Kari Roberts Kari Roberts
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
Region 4
Talawanda-Butler Tech High School
Oxford, Ohio
Andrew DeLong Andrew DeLong
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
Region 5
Chief Logan High School
Logan, Ohio
Ryan Sell Ryan Sell
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
Region 1
Archbold High School
Archbold, Ohio
Ryan Rosselot Ryan Rosselot
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
Region 4
Western Brown High School
Mt. Orab, Ohio
Abbey VanTyne Abbey VanTyne
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
Region 2: Teacher Turn the Key Award
Norwayne High School
Creston, Ohio
Pamela Schultz Pamela Schultz
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
Region 1
Fayette High School
Fayette, Ohio
Mark Hoffman Mark Hoffman
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
Region 2
Hillsdale High School
Jeromesville, Ohio
For more information, see our award rules.
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