Extension educator praised for efforts toward youths, adults

A University of Wyoming educator praised for her dedication, professionalism and educational efforts for youths and adults has received the Wyoming Association of County Agriculture Agents’ Outstanding Educator Award.

Nominators noted Niobrara County educator Kellie Chichester’s:

* Liaison efforts on behalf of UW Extension with the Wyoming Stock Growers Association biannual meetings.

* Creation of the Wyoming Master Cattleman Youth Program, focusing on overall production knowledge, leadership development and agricultural advocacy.

* Establishing the Cowboy Youth Classic in Albany County, an annual two-day youth livestock show with a mandatory educational workshop component.

* Her creation and management of beef artificial insemination schools, also in Albany County.

Chichester has also served as Wyoming’s representative on the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Chichester transferred from Albany to Niobrara County this year, moving from an agriculture and horticulture educator to 4-H youth educator position.

“She has a way of bringing out the best in people and ensuring they are successful,” wrote one nominator.

The award was presented in Riverton in November during UW Extension’s annual training program. The honor includes a $1,000 award by four departments in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources that have close extension ties: agricultural and applied economics, animal science, plant sciences and ecosystem science and management.

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