Sonya Roberts, Agriculture Education Instructor and FFA Advisor from USD 410 Hillsboro, has been named the 2018 state winner of the Carl Perkins Outstanding Service award from the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education (K-ACTE). The awards ceremony took place during the CTE Summer Conference of the K-ACTE on Monday, July 30, 2018 in Manhattan, Kansas.
Sonya Roberts leads an FFA chapter of 30 members with a mission of giving back to their community. Each year the chapter has a goal to increase contributions to the Hillsboro community.
For 12 years the chapter has conducted a blood drive with the American Red Cross and in partnership with local banks the chapter participated in the Angel Tree program providing gifts for local children and seniors.
In the past 10 years, students have also provided backpacks and supplies for children with Main Street Ministries.
More recently, FFA members have participated in a recycling program, provided a petting zoo for preschool and kindergarten students and residents of a nursing home.
The current enrollment in the Hillsboro Ag-Ed Program is 54 students in seven courses. Roberts was trained several years ago to teach Biotechnical Engineering, part of the Project Lead The Way curriculum, and was just recently trained to teach Environmental Sustainability, this course is a part of the Engineering Pathway offered to students. Once students have completed the Ag Welding course, they are encouraged to enroll their senior year in the Hutchinson Community College Welding course and receive their welding certification while enrolled in high school.
The K-ACTE Awards promote excellence in career and technical education. K-ACTE recognizes those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to ACTE: they embody the core values of serving their students and being committed to CTE.
Award candidates are evaluated based on accomplishments and innovations that exhibit the quality of the candidate for the award and contributions to the CTE community, which could include activities within their institutions, communities, Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE), K-ACTE, and other organizations.
The Carl Perkins Community Service Award is for members who have displayed a dedication to the improvement of CTE’s impact on the lives of individuals and communities. State winners are eligible to proceed to the regional competition in 2019 and regional winners proceed to national competitions in 2020.