FFA member selected as finalist in anthem singing contest

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Congratulations to FFA member Noelle Goodson of Fayette, Ohio, who is one of four finalists in this year’s FMC “Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest.” Selected by popular online vote to move to the judging round, Goodson now hopes to win the grand prize of a $10,000 college scholarship. Voting begins online at www.FMCcrop.com/contest now through Sept. 15.

Goodson recently traveled to Nashville with the other three finalists to rerecord her rendition of the National Anthem with professional music producer Tom Davis. The finalists’ updated performances are posted on www.FMCcrop.com/contest and were broadcasted nationwide on August 29 on RFD-TV.

“My trip to Nashville was absolutely amazing! It gave me the opportunity to work with professional musicians along with Tom Davis a professional music producer. The team from FMC were very personable and made me feel at ease throughout the entire day. My two favorite highlights were the photo shoots and of course being in a recording studio surrounded by professional musicians. Thanks to everyone, it was a dream come true!” said Goodson.

“The quality of this year’s finalists illustrates the great future for agriculture. From across the nation, we had a number of excellent students participate and the finalists exemplify the best of the best,” said Tim Thompson, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America product manager.

Goodson has been involved in FFA at Fayette High school since eighth grade. Through FFA, she has competed in soil judging and dairy foods contests, and she served on the parliamentary procedure team. This past year, Goodson served as chapter president. She has sung the National Anthem for sporting events throughout high school, including the Division IV State Boys Varsity Basketball Championship game at The Ohio State University. Goodson plans to attend Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich.

From March through mid-June, more than 200 entries were received from agricultural students across the country. Entrants of the “Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest” included members of national ag-related student organizations, such as FFA, 4-H or student NAMA chapters, with a background and interest in agriculture or agribusiness. The finalist who receives the most votes will win the $10,000 scholarship, and the other three remaining finalists will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Winners will be announced on Sept. 18.