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Spotlight on Youth - March 6, 2013
Parkway FFA attends sub-district public speaking
DELPHOS, Ohio — On Feb. 19, the Parkway FFA Chapter sent three students to the sub-district public speaking contest in Delphos, Ohio. Turner Bransteter competed in the beginning prepared contest and placed first. Sierra Fent did the prepared contest and placed second. Finally, Taylor Hesse placed third in the creed speaking competition. The chapter would like to congratulate these three students on their outstanding accomplishments. 

FB offers scholarship to Elkhart County students
GOSHEN, Ind. — The Elkhart County Farm Bureau, Inc. is making a $300 college scholarship available to Elkhart County high school students.

Applications will be available through the guidance counselors at high schools throughout the county. The deadline for application is April 15, 2013, and requires that applicants complete their first semester of college.

Submissions should be addressed to: Elkhart County Farm Bureau Office, 215 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, IN 46526, attention Valeta Yoder.

Elkhart County Farm Bureau, Inc. will provide a celebration dinner over Christmas break where the scholarship will be awarded.

FMC hosts youth National Anthem Singing Contest
Philadelphia, Pa. — FMC Agricultural Products Group (APG) will host the second annual “Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest” beginning on March 1. The contest will provide agriculture students with the opportunity to showcase their musical talent for a chance to win scholarship prizes.

“Last year, we had 170 qualified entrants, representing 34 states and receiving more than 155,000 votes, who all tried for a chance to win a scholarship and share their agricultural story,” said Timothy Thompson, FMC Agricultural Products North America product manager. “This year, we hope to reach even more students, but our overall goal remains the same – to invest in farming’s future by providing scholarships for agricultural youth.”

Entrants must be a member of a national ag-related student organization, such as FFA, 4-H or a student NAMA chapter. Participants have from March 1 through June 15, 2013, to submit their entry online at A public online voting phase from July 1-14 will determine the top 20 contestants from the four FMC sales regions. This group will then be judged by a panel of musicians and youth representatives. From this panel, four finalists, who will be announced on Aug. 5, will advance to the next round.

Online voting for the finalists will take place Aug. 26 through Sept. 15. The four finalists will also have the opportunity to go to Nashville to work with a music producer and record their version of the National Anthem to be aired on RFD-TV at the end of Aug. Three of the finalists will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Winners will be announced Sept. 18.