‘Golden Cow Dung Award’ Presented To Ernest Ward Teacher

February 27, 2010


Ernest Ward Middle School Family & Consumer Science teacher Kathy Ellis received the second annual “Golden Cow Dung Award” by members of the Ernest Ward FFA. The award featured a large piece of cow dung, painted a golden color.

(Cow dung, in case you did not know, is what you are probably thinking it is. It’s that natural byproduct that cows drop in the field.)

Ellis received the award from the school’s FFA members as a “thank you” for supporting FFA.

Friday wrapped up National FFA Week at Ernest Ward. “Lead Out Loud” was the theme of National FFA Week this year as more than half a million members around the nation participated  in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels.

EWMS FFA sponsor Cynthia Wilson said the group wanted to thank Ellis for her continued support of the organization. She also said she wanted to thank the area farmers and other member of the agricultural community that support the FFA.

Pictured above: (L-R) Anna Donald, FFA vice-president; Jerah Parker, sentinal; Kathy Ellis, winner of the “Golden Cow Dung Award”; Courtney Solari, president; Courtney Jones, secretary;  Layne Purvis, chaplain; Jeremy Stacey, reporter;  Cindy Wilson, advisor.  Pictured below: Ellis with her golden award. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.



14 Responses to “‘Golden Cow Dung Award’ Presented To Ernest Ward Teacher”

  1. Autumn on March 1st, 2010 10:21 pm

    Great job Mrs. Ellis I so mad i do no thave your classes any more

  2. family kin and friends on March 1st, 2010 10:01 pm

    What good humor. Con-grads Ms. Ellis.
    What a good sport and great person!

  3. Erin Smith on March 1st, 2010 8:31 pm

    Way to go Mrs. Ellis! If anybody deserves an award its you! You were always an amazing teacher, and I miss coming to your classes so much. But since I’ve graduated now, I will have to find the time to come back and see you and congratulate you in person! Smile Mrs. Ellis, you are an amazing, and caring person.

  4. EWMS FFA Prez on March 1st, 2010 7:18 am

    Congrats Mrs. Ellis! Thank you for all you do for the FFA. We love you!!!!!!

  5. Kz on February 28th, 2010 7:58 pm

    Congrats Mrs.Ellis, it an akward award, none the less an award well deserved….

  6. abbie j. on February 28th, 2010 7:11 pm

    congrats mrs. ellis

  7. Former Co-worker on February 27th, 2010 9:19 pm

    Congratz!!!! On your golden award so what if it is dung. You have always supported and been there for the students and it shows. You are an awesome teacher. Students have so much on their plate that it is beneficial for them to have some good clean fun and to know that adults can have a sense of humor as well. No matter what the prize is…. a pail of milk, churn butter, hamburger, t-bone steak, or dung we appreciate everything you do for them.

  8. -haL- on February 27th, 2010 8:52 pm

    I love the FFA’s idea! This is hilarious and it definately deserved to go to Mrs. Ellis! She is awesome!

  9. Ashley Bonner on February 27th, 2010 8:35 pm

    Congrats Mrs. Ellis!
    Your a wonderful teacher!
    I miss coming to your class. :(
    I’m going to come visit you one day.

  10. K.B. on February 27th, 2010 6:15 pm

    FYI,Where is your sense of humor? If she is pleased with the award, who are we to say it was in bad taste?

  11. NHS and EWMS MOM on February 27th, 2010 11:40 am

    Congrats Mrs.Ellis, You are such a great teacher and great sport :)

  12. FYI on February 27th, 2010 11:33 am

    I thought this was a bad idea last year and I still think it’s a bad idea. It’s just not in good taste. There are so many many more things in better taste that they could do to show their appreciation. A gift certificate, perhaps? Some starter vegetable plants? A bouquet of flowers? If this “golden cow dung award” is what they give a person they appreciate, what would they give a person they didn’t appreciate? There’s no good place to put this “award”. I’m sure it still smells and who would want it in their home or office? It’s just not classy.

  13. Mrs. Ellis on February 27th, 2010 7:59 am

    Only at EWMS could I be honored by this award! I love my students and feel blessed to support their clubs, teams, and THEM! Thank you FFA for this impressive chunk of gold! It’s a conversation starter for certain!

  14. bill, big b little ill on February 27th, 2010 3:37 am

    Congratulations on the Medow Muffin, it will so nice on the mantel. :)

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