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SHS grad earns national honor for book

Author Tracy Nelson Maurer, a Douglas County native, earned national recognition for her children's picture book, "John Deere, That's Who!"

The book was named the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom and American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture 2018 Book of the Year. The award was presented at the recent American Farm Bureau convention and trade show in Nashville, Tenn.

Maurer, who graduated from Superior Senior High School and now resides in Forest Lake, Minn. She has written more than 100 books for children and young adults. The winning book was illustrated by Tim Zeltner and published by Henry Holt.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation hosts the state's annual Ag in the Classroom book award program to honor titles that educate students about agricultural advancements in technology, efficiency and productivity.

Each year, the Ag in the Classroom program holds an essay contest in conjunction with the book of the year for fourth and fifth grade students throughout the state. This year's essay contest topic is, "Inventions that have made agriculture great." Accompanying lessons aligned to state standards and various Wisconsin educational resources are available online for teachers, students and volunteers to use in promoting and preparing essays.

Essay submissions must be 100- to 300-words in length and will be judged on content, grammar, spelling and neatness. The essay contest rules, lesson plans, and sample classroom activities are located at Essays are due April 2.