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Dueppengiesser Named New York State 'Woman of Distinction'
New York Ag Connection - 05/16/2019

Roxanne Dueppengiesser of Perry has received one of the New York State Senate's highest honors.

Dueppengiesser was honored last week with the "Women of Distinction" award, said State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, in a news release. Dueppengiesser was recognized for her outstanding work on behalf of the community and as a distinguished educator.

"Roxanne is a leader in the agriculture industry, which is so important to the Wyoming County community," Gallivan said. "As an educator, she helps young people develop an appreciation for farming and promotes careers in agriculture. Her enthusiasm for helping the youth of Wyoming County and her support of the region's number one industry is truly unmatched."

Dueppengiesser is a lifelong resident of Wyoming County. She attended Pavilion Central School and earned a degree in consumer economics and business management from Cornell University. For the past 23 years, she has served as a 4-H Family and Consumer Science Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County and has supported local agriculture by organizing educational activities and special events for area youth.

Dueppengiesser has also worked to promote careers in agriculture. Using a grant from the NYS Agricultural Society, she spearheaded a tour of Western New York businesses as part of the 4-H Career Exploration Trip. The daylong event gave youth first hand exposure to the many career paths associated with farming.

Earlier this year, Dueppengiesser was named the 2019 Wyoming County Friend of Agriculture by the Wyoming County Farm Bureau and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County. She is also a member of the Wyoming County Business Education Council, the Perry Central School Shared Decision Making Team, the Warsaw Agricultural Youth Supporters committee and the Wyoming County Agri-Palooza committee. She and her husband, Peter, are active participants in Farm Bureau and served on the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee. She is also a past member of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, the Wyoming County Tourist Promotion Agency and the Wyoming County Youth Board.

Each year, members of the New York State Senate nominate one individual from their district to be enshrined alongside the many historical women whose contributions have had a positive impact on our state. Some of these trailblazing females include Susan B. Anthony, Lucille Ball, Harriet Tubman, and Emma Willard, among others, all with strong links to New York State.

Gallivan presented Dueppengiesser with the "Women of Distinction" award at a special ceremony in the State Capitol.

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