2013 Star National Finalists Announced
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 86th National FFA Convention, October 30 thru November 2, in Louisville, Ky. Winners will receive an additional $2,000 award.
The American FFA Degree and Star recognition programs and tours to Costa Rica are co-sponsored by
ADM Crop Risk Services of Decatur, IL; Case IH of Racine, WI, DuPont Pioneer of Des Moines, IA; Elanco of Indianapolis, IN; Farm Credit of Greenwood Village, CO 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 as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Tyler Loschen – Tri-Point FFA, Illinois
Tyler Vathauer – Blue Valley FFA, Kansas
Tyler Linneman – Keytesville FFA, Missouri
Vance Zacharias – Enderlin FFA, North Dakota
Star in Agribusiness
Chelsey Schlosnagle – Collins FFA, Kentucky
Eric Dean Miller – Lyons-Decatur Northeast FFA, Nebraska
Elizabeth Hayes – Marysville FFA, Ohio
Aaron M. Zimmerman – Spencer FFA, Wisconsin
Star in Agricultural Placement
Ross Crabill – Shenandoah FFA, Indiana
Connor J. Rose – Shields Valley FFA, Montana
Riley James Schwader – Howard FFA, South Dakota
Trenton Bemis – Lincoln Alma Center Humbird Merillian FFA, Wisconsin
Star in Agriscience
Jacob Harrison Schindler – Lowndes County FFA, Georgia
Kelly Froehlich – Academy for Science & Agriculture FFA, Minnesota
Mark Keck – Plainview FFA, Nebraska
Emilie S. Cerny – Big Foot FFA, Wisconsin