Purdue recognizes South Newton Ag teacher

On Nov. 3, 2017, South Newton Agriculture Teacher, Darrell Allen was recognized for his outstanding teaching career of 34 years by Purdue Agriculture Education! He began his teaching career at South Newton High School in Kentland. He then taught at Fairfield High School in Elkhart County for nine years. Darrell returned to South Newton in 1998. He has continued to teach there and serves as their FFA advisor. Darrell enjoys coaching and mentoring multiple FFA teams and contests. Eight soils judging teams have advanced to the national contest with the 2005 team capturing the national championship. Other teams winning state Career Development Events include Welding, Parliamentary Procedure, and Crops. One former student was named the State Star in Agribusiness and several students have received the State and American FFA Degrees. Four former members have served Indiana FFA as state officers. Darrell is very active in his community. He has served on the Soil and Water Conservation District board for 16 years and as a 4-H leader for 8 years. During this time he was the chair of the 4-H council.