Sage Williams of Eddyville, Nebraska, was named the 2019 recipient of the Larry E. Sitzman Youth in Nebraska Agriculture Scholarship at the NPPA’s annual meeting held February 13 in Lincoln. Sage will receive a $1000 scholarship. Sage, daughter of Bryce and Diana Williams, is a sophomore studying agriculture education at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She uses her passion to grow leaders in many wayoaching young 4-H and FFA members in showing or evaluating livestock, mentoring a middle school student with the Nebraska Human Resources Institute and influencing high school agriculture advocates by serving as a counselor for the Nebraska Agriculture Youth Institute.    

Sage’s passion to grow young leaders was cultivated by her agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor. “I discovered my love for teaching,” she says, “ and want to help other students discover their passion and use their unique skills to find a career in agriculture where they will thrive!”

There is high demand for technical skills as well as leadership skills in many agriculture careers. As a future agriculture educator and FFA advisor herself, Sage hopes to create an agriculture education program that will allow hands-on learning that will immerse students in impactful experiences. She will foster students to think outside the box and will encourage students to be creative and inventive.

Sage believes being a teacher is one of the most important factors to impact a student and is excited by what the future holds for her and the teaching profession.