Michala Challen, a 2012 graduate of Findlay High School and Agricultural Education student at Liberty-Benton High School was presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company. Michala is the daughter of Mike and Staci Challen, and received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Challen’s significant experiences and accomplishments include receiving the Ag Credit 110% Award, and she was involved in such career development events as soil judging and equine management. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience projects have included horse production, pasture management, and fence improvements. Michala plans to study animal science in college and pursue a related career in either animal science or equine science. Mark Badertscher was Michala’s agricultural education instructor at Liberty-Benton High School.
The DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award celebrates its 65th anniversary in 2012. Over these 65 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. In 2011, over 2000 students from high schools in 49 of the 50 states were recognized with the award. As the winner of the 2012 award, Michala Challen’s name has been recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Liberty-Benton 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.