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Heart of a Hero: Philip Simpson of Burwell

This month’s Heart of a Hero winner gives much of his time to developing youth and the agriculture industry in his community. Philip Simpson of Burwell serves as an agriculture educator for Burwell Public Schools, and the advisor for the local Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter.

A dedicated chapter leader, Philip puts in countless hours supporting the FFA chapter, patiently helping students through difficult and challenging projects.

“He also teaches them about what it means to be a good person, as well as a good reflection of our school and community,” said Melissa Konicek of Simpson. “He teaches them life lessons, which is so much more than what you learn in a classroom.”

Philip’s community involvement expands past the FFA. He also sits on the board of Nebraska’s Big Rodeo, is active in his church, and coaches football, basketball, and track. His impact on the young people of his community is a positive force that continues to make Burwell strong.

Neighbors say that Philip has a heart of gold and would do anything for his students. Past students agree, saying he’s a dependable role model, both in and out of the ag classroom. We’re proud to award Philip the October Heart of a Hero and a check for $50 he can keep or donate.