Nationwide established the Golden Owl Award to honor an agricultural educator of the year. In this first year, Nationwide partnered with Farm Bureau, Ohio FFA and Iowa FFA to introduce the accolade in Ohio and Iowa.
Ten teachers from Ohio and seven from Iowa were selected as honorees, receiving a $500 prize and entrance into the final selection stage. One honoree from each state then will be chosen for the grand prize, winning the Golden Owl Award and $3,000.
Chosen as one of the finalists for the Golden Owl Award in Ohio is Tom Holton, FFA teacher from East Knox High School in Howard, Ohio. Tom has taught the FFA and ag program for 36 years at East Knox and his students have won many awards and competitions.
A check for $500 and a plaque was presented on Friday, Dec. 21 at East Knox by Kari and John Ball, Kent Fisher, and Andy Hollenback, representing Nationwide Insurance; and Kayla Jones from Knox County Farm Bureau.
Congratulations to Tom and good luck in the finals!