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Sistrunk Selected as Grand Prize Winner in FMC Anthem Contest

10/24/2012

PHILADELPHIA – FMC Agricultural Products Group announces Lexi Sistrunk from Oak Grove, La., as the grand prize winner in the “Stand & Be Heard Anthem Contest.” After two voting phases, Sistrunk will receive the grand prize of a $10,000 college scholarship.

The three runners-up include: Allison Nohre from De Pere, Wis.; Jessica Smith from Picayune, Miss.; and Katie Wesler from Birmingham, Ala. They will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship.

The youngest entrant in the contest at 13 years old, Sistrunk has been involved in 4-H since she was in the fourth grade. Her father was the 4-H agent for years and now serves as the local ag agent, which led to her involvement in 4-H. She is active in showing goats, chickens and horses, and also participates in cooking contests. Sistrunk sings in many town festivals and is currently taking voice lessons.

“This contest has been a great experience, and I would like to thank everyone for their support and votes throughout the contest. I couldn’t have done it without their help,” said Sistrunk.  “I enjoy singing and felt this contest, and the scholarship, could help me in pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine in the future.” 

From March through mid-July, more than 170 entries were received from agricultural students representing 34 states. Entrants of the “Anthem Stand & Be Heard Anthem 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. After receiving more than 155,000 votes, the finalists were announced on August 30. Voting to determine the grand prize winner began Sept. 24 on the contest website.

Last month, the four finalists traveled to Nashville to rerecord their renditions of the National Anthem with a music producer as well as talk about their experiences in the FMC Anthem Contest. The interviews and performances aired on RFD-TV on Oct. 4. More than 83,000 votes were received in the finalist voting phase.

"FMC is excited to invest in the talented individuals who are the future of farming and agriculture," said Tim Thompson, product manager, FMC Agricultural Products. "We would like to congratulate our four finalists and wish all of contestants the greatest successes in the future. This contest and the caliber of students involved makes me confident in the future of agriculture. ” 

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About FMC Corporation
FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial, environmental and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. In 2011, FMC had annual sales of approximately $3.4 billion. The company employs approximately 5,500 people throughout the world, and operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals. For more information, visit www.FMC.com.

FFA, 4-H, NAMA and any other ag-related student organizations are not affiliated with or sponsoring this promotion.

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Media contact: Paul Redhage – 636-742-2539 – Paul.Redhage@fmc.com

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