ACEL 2020 Alumni Awards

The alumni board of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) at The Ohio State University is pleased to announce six alumni as recipients of the annual ACEL Alumni Awards.

Dr. Bob Horton ’78 MS, ’83 PhD, Jenna Large ’08, Lisa McCutcheon ’97 MS, Scott Sharp ’92, Hannah Thompson-Weeman ’11, ’12 MS and John Wilson ’55 were selected for this honor amoung a record setting number of applicants.

Young Alumni Award

Jenna Large ’08

Large is an account manager, project owner and learning designer for Vivayic, Inc. She resides in Texas.

Hannah Thompson-Weeman ’11, ’12 MS

Thompson-Weeman is Vice President of communications for Animal Agriculture Alliance in Arlington, Virginia.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Bob Horton ’78 MS, ’83 PhD

Horton has been instrumental in shaping 4-H into what it is today. He is respected for his leadership and impact on adults, youth, volunteers and teachers across the country, in addition to the publications and curriculum his has produced.

John Wilson ’55

Wilson held a diverse career in agriculture, serving as an agricultural educator and manager of a fertilizer plant. He later worked at Sauder Woodworking Company and played a crucial role in shaping Four County Career Center and Northwest State into what they are today. He is known for his active service in leadership roles in his Northwest Ohio community.

Mentor to Students Award

Lisa McCutcheon ’97 MS

McCutcheon has spent the last 20 years as a 4-H Youth Development educator in Licking County, Ohio. She has been committed to serving as a mentor and supervisor to ACEL undergraduate students completing field experiences or internships. Her commitment to developing students in ACEL in this way puts her in a class of her own among current Extension professionals.

Scott Sharp ’92

Sharp has spent over 25 years teaching agricultural education at Amanda-Clearcreek Local Schools and has mentored hundreds of students, many whom have gone on to become State FFA officers, successful college students and respected industry workers and leaders. Many current and former ACEL students have benefitted from the time and work he has invested in the many student teachers he hosted throughout his career.