Each year at the National Convention & Expo, 16 national finalists – four in each category – vie for the organization’s top awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience. These awards honor students who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through their supervised agricultural experience; demonstrated outstanding management skills; earned the American FFA Degree – the organization’s highest level of accomplishment; and met other agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements. Each finalist will be interviewed by a panel of judges, who will ultimately name the top candidate in each area at this year’s convention and expo. The winner will be announced in an onstage ceremony Saturday, Oct. 27 and will receive a plaque and an award of $4,000. The runners-up will also receive a plaque and $2,000 each.

To read about the 16 finalists, go to our Stars finalist webpage and click on the name of the candidate.