Kansas FFA Association

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.

Star Farmer

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

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