A video created by students in the agriculture program at Somonauk High School was selected as the winner of a nationwide contest held by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. The video, “Bright Futures!” was created by students Jenna Baker, Monica Loy and Alex Dale under the guidance of their agriculture teacher Toni Saso and student teacher Riley Hintzsche.
The students created the video as part of a group project in their agricultural leadership and communications course. The students learned of the importance of advocating for agriculture and education, and made the video as an assessment. Three of the four class groups chose to submit their video to the national contest.
“In two minutes, these students have encompassed everything agricultural education can do to promote bright futures both in and out of the classroom,” Julie Fritsch, NAAE’s communications and marketing director, said in a news release. “This is what advocacy is about. This is what agricultural education is about.”
Agricultural education integrates classroom and laboratory instruction, leadership development, and work and learning experiences outside of the classroom, all led by agriculture teachers. It gives students hands-on, practical experience that helps them connect concepts they learn in the classroom with the real world.
Somonauk’s winning video will be featured at the annual NAAE Convention in November, where more than 500 agriculture teachers and leaders in agricultural education will have the opportunity to see the students’ work.
The agriculture program at Somonauk High School will also receive a cash prize, and NAAE will provide registration for an agriculture teacher from Somonauk High School for the 2015 Association of Career and Technical Education’s National Policy Seminar in Washington D.C.
NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators. It provides its nearly 8,000 members with professional networking and development opportunities, professional liability coverage, and extensive awards and recognition programs.