Elizabeth Pantoja of Hagerman High School was recently presented the schoolâ€™s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALBâ€ˆAgricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company.
Elizabeth, the daughter of Gustavo and Elizabeth Pantoja, received the award of excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Elizabethâ€™s significant experiences and accomplishments include being FFA Chapter president and vice president, student council vice president, Hagerman FFAâ€™s star chapter farmer and a member of Hagerman National Honor Society.
Jesus Trujillo and Codi Montes are the agricultural education instructors at Hagerman High School. This year the DEKALB Agicultural Accomplishment Award celebrates its 64th anniversary.
Over these 64 years more than 166,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the award, which has become a symbol for excellence and the schoolâ€™s highest agricultural honor.
In 2010, over 2,000 students from high schools in 49 of the 50 states were recognized with the award. As the winner of the 2011 award, Elizabethâ€™s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Hagerman High School.