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VOTING BEGINS IN 2014 FMC "STAND & BE HEARD ANTHEM SINGING CONTEST"
Source: FMC news release

It's time to vote for the more than 200 agricultural students across the country who have submitted their renditions of the National Anthem for the 2014 FMC "Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest." Through July 21, an online voting period will narrow the field to 20 students, who will continue to compete for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship and a nationally-televised recording experience.

"The quantity and quality of Anthem Contest entries continues to increase with each year of the contest," said Matt Hancock, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America segment manager. "We're excited to work with this group of students, the future of agriculture, throughout the next phases of this year's contest."

Throughout the year, students involved in agricultural organizations submitted their National Anthem videos at various conferences and conventions or online at www.FMCcrop.com/contest. After voting ends, the 20 most popular videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select the four finalists.

"From a country music producer and 30-year chorus director veteran to a former Anthem Contest winner and more, our judges are looking forward to reviewing the Top 20 videos and determining this year's set of finalists," said Hancock.

The panel of judges totals five. Kenna Rathai serves as associate director of the American Agricultural Editors' Association and provides writing, media relations and strategic counsel to marketing communications firms and companies as an independent public relations professional. She also serves as the 2014 president of the National Agri-Marketing Association.

Caylee Anna was raised in Elaville, Georgia, where she was a member of 4-H Clovers and Co. She debuted on the premiere of Duets with Jennifer Nettles on ABC. Now, Caylee Anna is a recording artist and songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. She plays guitar and regularly performs in Music City.

Director of music production at SeisMic Sound in Nashville, Tom Davis has served as the music producer for each year of the Anthem Contest show broadcasted on RFD-TV. Once again, he returns as judge and producer. Davis has worked as the audio producer of several country music awards ceremonies and television events.

Noelle Goodson, the 2013 FMC "Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest" grand prize winner, will serve as a judge in this year's contest. She was involved in FFA for five years where she has competed in soil judging and dairy foods contests, and served on the parliamentary procedure team. Goodson currently attends Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Patti LaJoye has been the National FFA Chorus Director since 1999. She taught music for 30 years and continues to direct theatrical productions as well as teach private piano, strings and voice lessons. This is her second year serving as judge in the FMC Anthem Contest.

Once selected, the finalists will travel to Nashville to take part in a professional recording experience. Finalist performances will be posted to the contest website and broadcast nationwide on August 28 on RFD-TV. A final round of online voting will run from Aug. 28 through September 18 to determine a grand prize winner, who will be announced on Sept. 22. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, while the three remaining finalists will receive $5,000 scholarships.

Complete contest details are available online at www.FMCcrop.com/contest.


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