Harrisburg High School Principal Wins Ag Advocacy Award

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Harrisburg High School Principal Wins Ag Advocacy Award
Scott Dewar Awarded District V Agriculture Education Advocacy Award
(DECATUR, IL, June 21, 2018) – In recent years the agriculture department at Harrisburg High
School has flourished in large part due to the support of high school principal Scott Dewar. Mr.
Dewar has supported the projects and activities of the Harrisburg FFA Chapter. The award
was presented by the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) at the
Summer Conference of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers.
With Mr. Dewar’s oversight, Harrisburg FFA Chapter members have participated in 13
leadership or career conferences and conventions located across the state of Illinois and some
nationally. Harrisburg FFA Chapter has also made a local impact with several ag literacy
programs involving over 200 elementary students at Harrisburg Unit #3 and community service
projects. Members have successfully completed in career development events at the section,
district and state level. These competitions expose members to potential career opportunities.
Mr. Dewar has also made an impact in the classroom as well. He has helped update facilities
at the high school. These updates include the addition of a brand new 5,000 square foot ag
mechanics lab with a state-of-the-art welding ventilation system. The ag department has
added several new items to their inventory, such as, welders, wood planer, jointer, hydroponics
systems, various hand tools, a drone and science lab equipment.
Mr. Dewar allowed the ag instructors to participate in over 100 hours combined of professional
development during his tenure. They have attended regional, state, and national conferences
and networked with other ag teachers around the country. They have been able to bring these
experiences to the students at Harrisburg High School.
Nick James, one of the two ag instructors at Harrisburg High School, has served on the
executive board of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers the last three
years and credits Mr. Dewar’s support and understanding of his involvement at the state level.
“The support Mr. Dewar gives us, allows us to provide opportunities to kids that some ag
programs only dream of,” states James. “We are blessed with his support and the necessary
tools he provides for us to be successful”
*** included:Picture of Scott Dewar with his award
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Please contact Nick James at 618-697-2979 or njames@harrisburg3.org with any questions.

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