North Carroll High School Agriculture Program Receives Outstanding Program Award
Release Date: 7/15/2009 10:44:21 AM
North Carroll High School has received the Outstanding Secondary School Agricultural Education Program Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators. This is the top agriculture program award in the state of Maryland. The award recognizes the nation’s successful secondary school programs and teachers. These teachers draw upon a variety of resources to make education more relevant and meaningful to students.
The award was presented to teachers Dick Weaver, Aaron Geiman and Mark Smith. They have created a strong and diverse agriculture curriculum that involves over 300 students in various career clusters. The agricultural education program at North Carroll provides a balance between classroom instruction and hands-on experiences that teach the students life skills. A strong emphasis is placed on supervised agricultural experiences and building community support for the program.
During the past year, students had a hands-on opportunity to use GPS devices to conduct precision agricultural simulations, including weed inventory counts, on the school’s football fields. The teachers have coached several successful teams for FFA Career Development Events, and several of their students have earned the State of Maryland FFA Agricultural Degree, which is the highest degree a student can achieve in the state. They also assisted students in building a combine to enter in the Carroll County Combine Demolition Derby at the county 4-H fair.