Eighteen year old Ronat of Pocahontas, Ill., has been a member of 4-H for nearly a decade and was involved in FFA for three years. She has received accolades for livestock showing as well as showmanship and citizenship awards. Jessica also was named Grand Champion for photography at the state level. She grew up on a farm, raising Katahdin Hair Sheep and chickens. Throughout high school, Jessica performed in several musicals as well as the state and national FFA choirs. This fall, she will attend Indiana Wesleyan University and major in music therapy.
All four finalists recently travelled to Nashville to take part in a professional recording experience at the House of Blues Studio. Finalist performances are at the contest website. At the site fans can cast their vote through September 18 to determine a grand prize winner, who will receive a $10,000 scholarship. The three remaining finalists will receive $5,000 scholarships. Winner announcements will be made on Sept. 22.
“This year’s finalists not only display strong musical talents, but they are truly the future of our industry,” said Matt Hancock, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America corn segment manager. “We look forward to seeing where their futures take them.”