BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Zachary Pawlikowski, of Bridgewater, a student in the Agricultural Science program at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, was recently presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company.

Pawlikowski, son of Walter Pawlikowski and Audrey Sanford, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Pawlikowski’s significant experiences and accomplishments include being awarded Stellar Student of the Month three consecutive years, acceptance into a college level internship with a local molecular lab and serving as the SCVTHS FFA Chapter President. 

Erik Fargo, Pawlikowski’s agricultural education instructor at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, nominated him for the award.

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This year, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award celebrates its 70th anniversary. Over these 70 years, more than 168,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the Award, which has become a symbol for excellence and the school’s highest agricultural honor.

As the winner of the 2017 Award, Pawlikowski’s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at SCVTHS.

Monsanto, a long-time supporter of agricultural education, FFA, 4-H and other farm youth organizations and initiatives, sponsors the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  Monsanto is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.

For more information, contact James Strickhart at or 908-526-8900, ext. 7169.