Ellis, the son of Bobby and Luanne Ellis, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership, and agriculture work experience. Ellis’ significant agriculture experiences and accomplishments have included: participating on FFA judging teams like Soil Judging, Dairy Judging, Ag Mechanics and Livestock.
Ellis was also chapter reporter and is currently the chapter president. He has helped plan many FFA activities and has also attended the National FFA convention and the State FFA Convention.
Lu Ann Carey and Richard Ledford are Ellis’ agriculture education instructors at Bradley Central High School.
“We are very proud of Bo for winning this award,” Carey said. “He has done so much for this organization.”
This year the DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award celebrates its 64th anniversary. Over these 64 years more then 166,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the award, which has become a symbol for excellence and the most prestigious school agriculture honor. In 2010, more than 2,000 students from high schools in 49 of the 50 states were recognized with the award.
As the winner of the 2011 award, Ellis’ name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Bradley Central High School.
Monsanto, a longtime supporter of agricultural education, FFA, 4-H and other farm youth organizations and initiatives, sponsors the DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award. Monsanto is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agriculture products that improve farm productivity and food quality.