Department Earns High Honor
The agriculture program at Grand River Technical School has been selected
as the 2013 Missouri Outstanding Middle/Secondary School Agricultural
Education Program. This award, given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators,
recognizes the nation's most successful agricultural education programs by
highlighting the local programs and teachers that achieve success. Winners
are educators who have developed an outstanding agricultural education
program at either the middle school or high school level. Applicants are
judged on a variety of criteria, including teaching philosophy, effective
classroom and experiential instruction, development of partnerships, and
GRTS Ag Instructor Rusty Black said the NAAE award is an honored
distinction for the technical school. "The opportunity for our ag department to be recognized by this state to
compete at national level shines the light on Chillicothe and the Grand
River Technical School," Black said. Black said one of the primary strengths of GRTS is the
school's ability to provide students with the skills to be successful in whichever field of
work they choose. "We have an advisory committee of 12-13 people from the local area. They
either come from different segments in the ag industry in our community or
have some affiliation with FFA and the ag department," Black explained.
"We try to listen to them and focus on things they think are important for
our students to make them better employees for our society. The number one
focus they have is leadership development. They want kids that will show
up and work on time. They want kids who can verbally communicate. We try
to give kids the opportunity to practice these skills."
The GRTS agriculture program competed against Outstanding Middle/Secondary
School Agricultural Education Program award winners from surrounding
states for the opportunity to be named the 2013 Region IV NAAE Outstanding
Middle/Secondary School Agricultural Education Program. Regional winners
will receive a plaque and expense paid trip to attend the 2013 NAAE convention.
The Outstanding Middle/Secondary School Agricultural Education Program award is partially
sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.