2012 National FFA American Star Award finalists selected

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, July 25, 2012/National FFA Organization)-The National FFA Organization has selected 16 finalists (four per award) for the organization’s top awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience. These star 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 experience tour to Costa Rica. A panel of judges will interview the finalists and select one winner for each award at the 85th National FFA Convention, October 24-27, in Indianapolis, In. Winners will receive an additional $2,000 award.

The American FFA Degree recognition programs and tours to Costa Rica are co-sponsored by Alltech, Inc. of Nicholasville, KY; Case IH of Racine, WI, 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 sponsored by Alltech as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Star Farmer
Clayton N. Carley – Cissna Park FFA – Illinois
Andrew Kenneth Edson – Nashua-Plainfield FFA, Iowa
Alexander L. Richardson – Meade County FFA, Kentucky
Jeremy Weichel – Cordell FFA, Oklahoma

Star in Agribusiness
Bradley Robert Weaver – Dawson County FFA, Georgia
Zachary Cotton – Spencer County FFA, Kentucky
Austin Crissman – Bells FFA, Texas
Jacob Paul – Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA, Wisconsin

Star in Agricultural Placement
Kurt Parsons – Porterville FFA, California
Justin Cochran – Franklin County FFA, Georgia
Matthew Marcellus – West Holt FFA, Nebraska
Cody Jackson Walker – Warren County FFA, Tennessee

Star in Agriscience
Kaylyn Stout – Lowndes County FFA, Georgia
Kayleigh Warner – DeKalb Central FFA, Indiana
Rachael Claire Arkfeld – Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca FFA, Nebraska
Taylor Runyan – Atoka FFA, Oklahoma

CONTACT
Kristy Meyer
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization
kmeyer@ffa.org
317-802-4205

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About National Organization
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, on Facebook, on Twitter and FFA Nation.