FMC Agricultural Solutions has a winner in its second “Stand and be Heard Anthem Singing Contest.” Noelle Goodson from Fayette, Ohio is the grand prize winner, earning a $10,000 scholarship from FMC.Three other students have been awarded runner-up $5,000 scholarships, including Alexandra Carpenter of Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Over 30,000 online votes during the finalist phase of the contest helped determine the overall winner. Hayley Hall, Bladenboro, N.C. and Alexander Raun, Minden, Neb. are the other 2 students in the final four. Those four emerged from 220 video entries from 4-H, FFA, student NAMA and other agricultural education students in 31 states.
Paul Redhage, FMC Strategic Communications Manager says the $25,000 in total scholarship money is an investment in agriculture’s future.
“FMC is looking for ways that we can help illustrate our investment in farming’s future, and the youth of agriculture is a major way that we can do that.”
The 19-year-old Carpenter (left) has been involved in Indiana 4-H for a decade, serving as 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 is now at Indiana State University majoring in musical liberal arts with a focus in premed.
“This whole experience has been amazing. Going to Nashville was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” said Goodson, (2nd from right) the grand prize winner. “Thank you, FMC, for the scholarship prize. I’m already planning to put it toward my second year of college.”
Goodson 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.
“Interacting with young people is what makes us excited about investing in the future of farming,” said Tim Thompson, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America product manager. “FMC is proud to congratulate Noelle and we thank all the students who participated in this year’s contest. We hope they will share their talents with us again next year.”