Christine Wilson, a Jetmore native, was recognized this year for her dedication to educating young people in the field of agriculture at Kansas State University.
She won the David Mugler Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Agricultural Economics.
Wilson credited her participation in Future Farmers of America early in life for giving her the interpersonal communication skills she needed for a successful career in agriculture.
"Agriculture is such an important and impactful area of study, so FFA was incredibly valuable to me," said the agricultural economics professor.
Wilson is a 1990 graduate of Jetmore High School and the daughter of Cary and Sandra Wilson, formerly of rural Hodgeman County and Dodge City.
She was also an FFA officer and FFA state sweetheart.
Wilson earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at K-State.
She specifically named her high school agriculture business teacher Harmon Bliss as one of her earliest supporters.
"She’s the total package," Bliss said. "She comes from a good family. She was a hard worker, smart and willing to try anything. Those are the students you dream about."
Bliss said he is coming out of retirement to teach again at Dodge City High School this fall.
Wilson is now busy enrolling Wildcats for the fall semester, during which her name will top the roster of four classes.
She serves as the adviser for at least 35 students during the academic semesters.
She encouraged others interested in the field of agriculture to bolster themselves with experience.
"Whether you’re learned or not you can take advantage of the opportunities FFA has to offer," she said. "Find a good fit and what you’re passionate about and you’ll be successful."
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