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WIU Student and Alumni Receive Awards from Recent IAVAT Conference

May 21, 2024

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MACOMB, IL - - Congratulations to Western Illinois University's School of Agriculture Alumni winning an award for Outstanding Teacher and a student winning the Eldon Witt scholarship at the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) conference.

Trent Taber won the Outstanding Teacher Award which is awarded to a National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) member who are conducting the highest quality agricultural education programs. The award recognizes leadership in civic, community, agriculture/agribusiness and professional activities. Taber graduated from WIU in 2015 and is the agriculture teacher at Cambridge High School.

Avery Isringhausen won the Eldon Witt Scholarship which is a scholarship that is provided by the trust of the Eldon E. Witt Agriculture Education Scholarship Program which is geared towards the Agriculture Education Profession. The scholarship is to be used to help fund the recipients expenses during her semester of student teaching. Isringhausen will complete her student teaching in the fall 2025 semester.

"The Agricultural Education program at WIU continues its quest for educational excellence and these recognitions illustrate the achievements of future and present educators that graduate from the program." said the Director of the School of Agriculture, Andrew Baker. "Both individuals have achieved much success and have the potential of doing even greater things in the future. We appreciate all they do in educating future agriculturalists."

For more information about the School of Agriculture visit their website.

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