Scott Elwer in his Jefferson High School classroom which is walled with awards the Delphos FFA Chapter has won. (DHI Media/Rebecca Violet)
Scott Elwer in his Jefferson High School classroom which is walled with awards the Delphos FFA Chapter has won. (DHI Media/Rebecca Violet)
DELPHOS - FFA Advisor and Delphos City Schools Agricultural Educator, Scott Elwer, was nominated for this year’s Golden Owl Award.

“I was pretty shocked,” Elwer said when he described first discovering the notification in his school mailbox. “It was a nice surprise for a Monday morning.”

The Golden Owl Award was started in 2018 by Nationwide Insurance, the Ohio FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau to honor agricultural educators who help grow the next generation of agricultural leaders.

“Agricultural educators go above and beyond in serving their students and their communities,” explained Jessica Parrish, the Executive Director of the Ohio FFA Foundation. “We are honored to recognize the outstanding work they do through the Golden Owl Program.”

Elwer has certainly put in a lot of work in preparing the next generation. A teacher for 23 years, Elwer has anywhere from 70-100 students in agricultural classes and FFA each year.

“I just have a true passion for agriculture. I’ve lived on a small family farm my whole life,” he said. “I love to bring that into the classroom. I love to see kids succeed.”

Elwer’s classes and FFA activities include job interviews, woodworking, electricity, 21 different metallurgy skills, sweat fittings, public speaking and a variety of career development events.

All Golden Owl Award nominees will be narrowed down to ten honorees by January 31, 2020. Each of the ten honorees will receive a plaque and $500 with the overall winner receiving the trophy, grand prize of $3,000 and title of Ohio Ag Educator of the Year.