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Waltz named Conservationist of the Year
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Freddie Waltz, second from right, was named Effingham Countys 2013 Conservationist of the Year by the Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation District. Pictured with him, left to right, are: Tony Morgan, Effingham County Young Farmers president; Waltzs wife, Karen Waltz; and Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation district supervisors Jackie Davis and Joe Burns. - photo by Photo provided

Agriculture teacher and Effingham County Young Farmers advisor Freddie Waltz was honored recently by the Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation District as Effingham’s 2013 Conservationist of the Year.

Waltz will retire from the Effingham County School System in June. He has been a teacher for more than 40 years, and has been involved in the Effingham County Young Farmers program since 1997.

The award was presented at the 63rd annual Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservationist of the Year banquet at First United Methodist Church in Sylvania.

Waltz’s contributions include leading Effingham County Young Farmers activities, providing agriculture classes for young farmers and adults, advising the Effingham County High School FFA chapter and assisting in FFA activities. He is a past president of the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education.

“The Waltz family has been a great asset to Effingham County, and the Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation District is proud to honor the Waltz family,” Effingham County Young Farmers President Tony Morgan said as he presented the award.