Tayor Jo Arens and Ross Michael Henning of Belle Plaine High School were recently presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company.
Arens, the daughter of Dan and the late Dena Arens, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Taylor Arens’ significant experiences and accomplishments have included serving as the chapter treasurer for two years and secretary one year. She has actively shown cattle at both the Benton County Fair and the Iowa State Fair. Arens has also been awarded the Star FFA Greenhand, her Chapter FFA Degree, and also been recognized as the Star Chapter Farmer.
Henning, the son of Jerry and Patti Henning, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership, and agricultural work experience. Henning’s significant experiences and accomplishments have included holding three chapter officer positions, including Chapter President, and being awarded the Iowa FFA Degree. He has also been involved in various FFA activities from the chapter to national levels and the High Honor Roll for four years.
Mr. Joshua Day is Arens’ and Henning’s agricultural education instructor at Belle Plaine High School.
This year the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award celebrates its 67th anniversary. Over these 67 years more than 168,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the Award, which has become a symbol for excellence and the school’s highest agricultural honor.
As the winner of the 2014 Award, Arens and Henning’s name will both be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Belle Plaine High School.
Monsanto, a long-time supporter of agricultural education, FFA, 4-H and other farm youth organizations and initiatives, sponsors the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. Monsanto is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.