Jessie Anne Fowler of Van-Far High School was recently presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company.
Fowler, the daughter of Bruce and Martha Fowler, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Fowler’s significant experiences and accomplishments include serving as the Van-Far FFA Chapter Secretary and Vice-President, Area V FFA Association Parliamentarian, receiving 2nd place at the Missouri State FFA Convention in the Job Interview Career Development Event, Missouri State 4-H Council Northeast Regional Representative, Missouri 4-H Foundation Trustee as well as an Executive Committee member of the State 4-H Council. Fowler also graduated as a Valedictorian of the Van-Far Class of 2012 and will be attending Mizzou in the fall to pursue a degree in Agricultural Business Management. Currently serving as a Missouri Pork Association Youth Ambassador, Fowler still continues to promote agriculture and shine a positive light on the agriculture industry. Taryn Dameron is Fowler’s agricultural education instructor at Van-Far High School.
This year the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award celebrates its 65th anniversary. Over these 65 years more than 168,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the award, which has become a symbol for excellence and the school’s highest agricultural honor. In 2011, over 2,000 students from high schools in 49 of the 50 states were recognized with the Award.
As the winner of the 2012 Award, Fowler’s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Van-Far High School Agriculture Department.
Monsanto, a long-time supporter of agricultural education, FFA 4-H and other farm youth organizations and initiatives, sponsors the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. Monsanto is leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.