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Former Thomson resident selected for agricultural educator award

Stacey Highfill, agricultural educator from Augusta, has been selected as the 2008 state winner of the Outstanding Young Member Award given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).

Outstanding Young Member award winners are agricultural educators who have been teaching for no more than six years and who have demonstrated significant progress toward establishing a successful agriculture education program. Applicants are judged on a variety of criteria, including teaching philosophy, effective classroom and experiential instruction, development of partnerships and professional growth.

The Outstanding Young Member award was created to encourage early career agriculture teachers to both remain in the profession and become active members in their professional association. Highfill will compete against Outstanding Young Member winners from surrounding states for the opportunity to be named the 2008 NAAE Outstanding Young Member for Region V. Regional winners will receive a cash award and expense paid trip to attend the 2008 NAAFE conference in Charlotte, NC.

The NAAE Outstanding Young Member Award program is sponsored by John Deere, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

NAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators. The mission of NAAE is "professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service." The NAAE office is located on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, KY.

Mrs. Highfill is a native of Boneville and a graduate of Thomson High School. She is the daughter of Lynne and Bob Odum of Mesena and the wife of Lee Highfill.

Web posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008

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