Noelle Goodson of Fayette has been involved in FFA since eighth grade. 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 also has sung the National Anthem for sporting events throughout high school, including the Division IV State Boys Varsity Basketball Championship game at Ohio State University.
Now she is a senior and is putting her voice to work. Her singing could earn her a $10,000 scholarship. Goodson is one of four finalists in this year's FMC "Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest." Selected by popular online vote to move to the judging round, Goodson now hopes to win the grand prize of a $10,000 college scholarship. Voting runs online at www.FMCcrop.com/contest on August 26 through September 15.
Goodson recently traveled to Nashville with the other three finalists to rerecord her rendition of the National Anthem with professional music producer Tom Davis. The finalists' updated performances will be posted to www.FMCcrop.com/contest and broadcast nationwide on August 29 on RFD-TV.
"The trip to Nashville gave me the opportunity to work with professional musicians, Producer Tom Davis and a team from FMC, who all made me feel at ease throughout the entire experience," says Goodson. "The highlights of my experience were the photo shoot and of course, being in a recording studio. It truly was a dream come true!"
From March through mid-June, more than 200 entries were received from agricultural students across the country. Entrants of the "Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest" included members of national ag-related student organizations, such as FFA, 4-H or student NAMA chapters, with a background and interest in agriculture or agribusiness. The finalist who receives the most votes will win the $10,000 scholarship, and the other three remaining finalists will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Winners will be announced on Sept. 18.
"The quality of this year's finalists illustrates the great future for agriculture. From across the nation, we had a number of excellent students participate and the finalists exemplify the best of the best," says Tim Thompson, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America product manager.
Goodson plans to attend Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich. Complete contest details are available online at www.FMCcrop.com/contest.