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Auburndale Ag Teacher Honored for Quality Education
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/25/2012

A Wood County agriculture instructor is one of four teachers in central Wisconsin to receive the Crystal Apple Award from the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry this year. Mark Cournoyer's name was called during a surprise all-school assembly on Tuesday at Auburndale High School. He was one of 24 teachers in the immediate area in the running for the honor after hundreds of others were nominated.

Cournoyer teaches agriculture to students in 7-12 grade and is also the Auburndale FFA advisor. He's been at the district for the past 12 years.

The Crystal Apple Awards, which has been recognizing outstanding educators for about a decade, are given to teachers based on their expertise, innovation and leadership.

Under his supervision, the Auburndale Farm Safety Program has won a rural education award from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. His chapter also made national headlines this month for the 'Drive Your Tractor to School' day.

Cournoyer grew up near Wisconsin Rapids, where he worked on a farm and was involved in organizations like 4-H and FFA. He and the other three recipients will be honored at a banquet later this fall.

Mark is the fourth agriculture teacher in the nine-district area to win a Crystal Apple Award.

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