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GCCC teacher finalist for FFA award


XENIA — Dr. Kelly Rickabaugh, an agricultural teacher at the Greene County Career Center, was named a finalist for the 2022-2023 Ag Educator of the Year honor through the Golden Owl Award.

As a finalist, Rickabaugh was presented with a plaque in front of fellow teachers and students and the Greene County Career Center FFA will receive $500 to help support future educational efforts. Rickabaugh will have the chance to be named Ohio’s Ag Educator of the Year in May 2023 during the 95th Ohio FFA Convention and earn an additional $3,000 for her school’s agriculture program.

“Ohio is home to many outstanding (agriculture) teachers,” said Jessica Parrish, executive director of the Ohio FFA Foundation. “We are so glad to highlight and recognize 10 honorees for their ongoing commitment to student success. This award brings together statewide partners and the local school community to honor teachers for being a foundational part of the local FFA experience for students.”

From September to December 2022, the Golden Owl Award accumulated more than 500 nominations in Ohio from local students, fellow teachers, parents, and community members.

The Golden Owl Award is the result of partnerships between Nationwide, Ohio FFA, Ohio Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Mid-America and AgCredit, ACA. For more information about the Golden Owl Award, visit www.GoldenOwlAward.com.