Agricultural students Alexandra Carpenter, Noelle Goodson, Hayley Hall and Alexander Raun were recently selected as finalists for FMC's Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest.
The finalists' updated performances will be posted to www.FMCcrop.com/contest and broadcast nationwide Aug. 29 on RFD-TV. A final round of online voting will run from Aug. 26 through Sept. 15 to determine a grand prize winner.
The finalist who receives the most votes will win a $10,000 scholarship. The three remaining finalists will receive $5,000 scholarships. Winners will be announced on Sept. 18.
About the finalists:
Alexandra Carpenter, Crawfordsville, Ind., has been involved in 4-H for a decade. She is currently the president of her local club and has worked on projects with goats and rabbits as well as sewing, cake decorating, photography, foods and food preservation. Along with her agricultural experiences, Carpenter has been involved in chorus and performed in the community theater musical this summer. She will attend Indiana State University this fall, majoring in musical liberal arts with a focus in premed.
Noelle Goodson, Fayette, Ohio, has been involved in FFA since eighth grade. Through FFA, she has competed in soil judging and dairy foods contests, and she served on the parliamentary procedure team. This past year, Goodson served as chapter president. She has sung the National Anthem for sporting events throughout high school, including the Division IV State Boys Varsity Basketball Championship game at The Ohio State University. Goodson plans to attend Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Hayley Hall, Bladenboro, N.C., has been involved in community-based 4-H for eight years. She has entered and received ribbons for her projects ranging from recipes to photography in the state fair each year. Hall also sings the National Anthem at area minor league baseball games and has taught at 4-H youth camps. She will be a senior at West Bladen High School this year.
Alexander Raun, Minden, Neb., has been active in 4-H since elementary school. He served as vice president of his local 4-H club this past year and has participated in livestock quiz bowl competitions as well as county fairs showing swine and beef. Raun will attend Harvard University starting this fall and study engineering and physics.
"The quality of this year's finalists illustrates the great future for agriculture. From across the nation, we had a number of excellent students participate and the finalists exemplify the best of the best," said Tim Thompson, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America product manager.