Two Kentuckians are finalists for National FFA American Star honors
INDIANAPOLIS - Alexander L. Richardson of Meade County FFA is one of four finalists for the American Star Farmer award, National FFA's highest honor.
Zachary Cotton of Spencer County FFA is a finalist for American Star in Agribusiness. Richardson and Cotton are among 16 finalists for the four American Star honors.
The star awards — Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness, Star in Agricultural Placement, and Star in Agriscience — 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, Wisc., Farm Credit of Greenwood Village, Colo.; Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business of Des Moines, Iowa; and Syngenta of Greensboro, N.C., as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. “Stars Over America,” a special audiovisual presentation featuring the star award winners, is produced by Alltech Inc. as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The finalists for each award are:
Star in Agribusiness
Star in Agricultural Placement
Star in Agriscience