2011 National FFA American Star Award finalists selected

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, July 21, 2011/National FFA Organization)—The National FFA Organization has selected 16 finalists 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 recognize students who have developed outstanding agricultural skill and competency through their career development programs, demonstrated outstanding management skills, earned the American FFA Degree—the organization’s highest level of accomplishment—and met other agricultural education, scholarship and leadership requirements.
Each star finalist receives $2,000 from the National FFA Foundation and earns the opportunity to participate in an international trip to Costa Rica.
A panel of judges will interview the finalists and select one winner for each award at the 84th National FFA Convention, October 19-22, in Indianapolis, Ind. Winners will receive an additional $2,000 award.
The American FFA Degree recognition programs and tours to Costa Rica are sponsored by Case IH of Racine, WI, DTN – The Progressive Farmer of Omaha, NE; Farm Credit of Greenwood Village, CO; Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business of Des Moines, IA; and Syngenta of Greensboro, NC, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
“Stars Over America,” a special audiovisual presentation featuring the star award winners, is produced by USDA Farm Services Agency as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Star Farmer Finalists
Brian Hills of the Tri-Point FFA - Illinois
Tyler Rose of the Washington County FFA - Kansas
Tom Eilertson of the United South Central FFA - Minnesota
Cole Vculek of the Oakes Sargent Central FFA - North Dakota
Star in Agribusiness Finalists
Christian Alexandre of the Del Norte FFA - California
Ben Hutto of the Riverton FFA - Kansas
Alexander Jennings Meredith of the Central Hardin FFA - Kentucky
Paul Lee-Allen Turner of the Warren County FFA - Tennessee
Star in Agricultural Placement Finalists
Alex Goeckel of the Washington County FFA - Kansas
Megan Rice of the Norris FFA - Nebraska
Seth Darrell Hankey of the Burlington FFA - Oklahoma
Andrew Collier of the Wilson Central FFA - Tennessee
Star in Agriscience Finalists
Analiese Scrivano of the Bakersfield FFA - California
Vivian Bernau of the Southeast Polk FFA - Iowa
Brittany King of the Tuscumbia FFA - Missouri
Keith A. Bollinger of the Cochrane-Fountain City FFA – Wisconsin
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The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online (http://www.ffa.org ), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/nationalffa ), on Twitter (http://twitter.com/nationalffa ) and FFA Nation (http://ffanation.ffa.org ).