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2013 FMC Anthem Singing Contest Includes Judges Panel


PHILADELPHIA – July 22, 2013 – Five judges representing agricultural youth organizations and the music industry will soon determine the top four finalists of the 2013 “Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest.” The featured judges will review the semi-finalists’ videos, which were recently determined by popular vote from more than 180 submissions.

“In learning from last year’s contest, we decided to add a judge’s panel with representation from various student agricultural groups. And since this is a music contest, we’ve included representatives with musical backgrounds, too,” said Tim Thompson, FMC Agricultural Products North America product manager. “The judges have the difficult task of choosing this year’s four finalists from a great pool of talent, but the grand prize winner will still be selected by popular online vote.”

The judges include representation from SeisMic Sound, the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), the National 4-H Council, FFA and also includes a 2012 contest finalist.

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

Nancy Barcus, vice president of leader and organization services for Agriculture Future of America (AFA), has been a member of NAMA for four years. She has been on the careers committee for three years working closely with students.

Currently serving as a National 4-H Council youth trustee, Tess Hammock has been involved in 4-H for more than five years. She served on the 2011-12 Georgia 4-H Board of Directors and is an active member of the University of Georgia Collegiate 4-H, where she is studying agriculture communication and broadcast journalism. Hammock has also been a member of Clovers and Co., the elite performing arts group of 4-H.

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.

One of the four finalists in the 2012 FMC Anthem Contest, Katie Wesler is currently a student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has been involved in FFA, Ohio Young Farmers and the National Young Farmer Educational Association.

After the judges make their final selections, the four finalists will travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take part in a professional Music City recording experience. Finalist performances will then be posted to and broadcast nationwide on August 29 on RFD-TV. A final round of online voting from Aug. 26 through September 15 will determine the grand prize winner. The finalist who receives the most votes will win a $10,000 scholarship. The three remaining finalists will each receive $5,000 scholarships. Winners will be announced on Sept. 18.

Complete contest details are available online at

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