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EAHS Teacher Named Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teacher in Agriculture Education

July 6, 2020- Elizabethtown Area High School agriculture teacher Mark Anderson won Pennsylvania’s first-ever Golden Owl Award for being the state’s outstanding educator in the area of agriculture education. Sponsored by Nationwide Insurance, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, and Future Farmers of America, 98 nominations were received for 66 teachers in our state in this inaugural year.

Following the nominations, a committee was tasked with selecting the four state finalists. Anderson was named one of the finalists in January. The Golden Owl award program was established in farm-heavy states like Pennsylvania, California, Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio to help shed light on the importance of agricultural education and the tremendous contributions of teachers. Recent trends show a growing need for more agricultural educators.

At Elizabethtown, Mr. Anderson has been instrumental in growing the school’s Future Farmers of America program. His students frequently win awards at the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA, as well as at the local, state, and national levels. Anderson has organized Agriculture and Environmental Day at the high school where his students develop learning stations aligned to their interest in agriculture and present to the District’s fourth-graders. In addition, Anderson’s classes have partnered with the PA Game Commission to design and build a bear trap and the PA Fish and Boat Commission to help stock local streams with trout for the fishing season.