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Kansas FFA Golden Owl Recipient Announced

Convention FFA NC Washington County

John Kern, agricultural education teacher and FFA Advisor at Washington County High School in the North Central FFA District received the 2024 Kansas State Golden Owl Award during the 96th Kansas FFA Convention, May 29 – May 31, 2024.

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Kern has taught for 26 years and has mentored 12 students who have become agricultural education teachers. Under Kern’s guidance, many of his students have earned state and national-level awards. Kern has been involved in workforce readiness initiatives, including internships and industry certifications. He continues to be involved in professional development, mentoring student teachers and presenting in various teacher workshops.

Regional winners included: Jim Morgan, Louisburg High School, East Central FFA District; John Wells, Sedan High School, Southeast FFA District; Les McNally, Hugoton High School, Southwest FFA District; Linda Chase, Wellington High School, South Central FFA District; Kim Clark, Royal Valley High School, Northeast FFA District; Nikole Winter, Hays High School, Northwest FFA District.

The Golden Owl program recognizes and rewards outstanding agricultural educators for their dedication and hard work in shaping the future of our industry. This program is made possible by Nationwide Insurance. Nationwide supports the future of the agriculture community through meaningful sponsorships of national and local organizations. In conjunction with the Golden Owl Award, Nationwide is donating $5,000 to the Kansas FFA Foundation to further support the personal and professional growth of students, teachers and advisors alike. Kern will receive $3,000 and the Golden Owl Award trophy. Nominees will receive $500 and an engraved plaque to each regional winner.