In the Eighth General Session of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, the four winners of the most prestigious FFA awards were revealed.
The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients.
2014 American Star Farmer: Zach Weichel, Oklahoma
2014 American Star in Agriscience: Sarah Cox, Ohio
2014 American Star in Agricultural Placement: Jessica Woodworth, West Virginia
2014 American Star in Agribusiness: Dustin Stanton, Missouri
Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, four FFA members are honored with an American Star award for outstanding accomplishments in FFA and agricultural education. The award is the most prestigious honor awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization.
The American Star awards, including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience, are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience program. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture–based scientific experiment and reporting results.
Other requirements to achieve the award include demonstrating top management skills; completing key agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements; and earning an American FFA Degree, the organization’s highest level of student accomplishment.
16 American Star award finalists from throughout the U.S. are nominated for a panel of judges to interview during convention. Four are named winners and receive cash awards totaling $4,000. All American Star finalists receive a $2,000 cash award.
The Stars Over America are sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.