We’ve selected 16 finalists for the organization’s top awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience!
These awards recognize students who have accomplished amazing things through their FFA activities and agricultural education courses.
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 finalists are…
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
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 produced by Alltech, Inc. as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.