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Four Students Named Finalists in 2014 FMC “Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest”


PHILADELPHIA – August 26, 2014 – A panel of judges have selected Halle Reid, Jessica Ronat, Leanna Crawford and Lindsay Webber as finalists in the FMC “Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest.” They will each receive a scholarship prize and move on to the contest’s final round.

“This year’s finalists not only display strong musical talents, but they are truly the future of our industry,” said Matt Hancock, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America corn segment manager. “We look forward to seeing where their futures take them.”

All four finalists recently travelled to Nashville to take part in a professional recording experience at the House of Blues Studio. Finalist performances will be posted to the contest website and broadcast nationwide on August 28 on RFD-TV. The finalist voting round begins online Aug. 28 through September 18 to determine a grand prize winner, who will receive a $10,000 scholarship. The three remaining finalists will receive $5,000 scholarships. Winner announcements will be made on Sept. 22.

Halle Reid, 16, is from Clovis, N.M. She has been a member of FFA for one year, where she has participated in several fundraising events. Halle’s family farming background includes a rich history that dates back five generations. Her family currently focuses on their herd of miniature Herefords and other various animals. Halle performs regularly in her community, at various high school sporting events and for special church services. A highlight performance for her includes singing for New Mexico Governor Susana Martínez during a fundraising event.

Eighteen year old Jessica Ronat of Pocahontas, Ill., has been a member of 4-H for nearly a decade and was involved in FFA for three years. She has received accolades for livestock showing as well as showmanship and citizenship awards. Jessica also was named Grand Champion for photography at the state level. She grew up on a farm, raising Katahdin Hair Sheep and chickens. Throughout high school, Jessica performed in several musicals as well as the state and national FFA choirs. This fall, she will attend Indiana Wesleyan University and major in music therapy.

Leanna Crawford, 19, has been a member of the United States Pony Club for about 10 years. She earned her C3 national certification, which includes a two day horse management test and three day riding test, and competed as a member of the West Coast Championship Eventing Team. Her family’s farm includes 15 horses, which Leanna has an active role in caring for. She also regularly helps her family dig and process potatoes on a fifth generation farm in Stanwood, Wash., where Leanna lives. No stranger to the stage, she often performs in church, at events and concerts, even opening for Christian groups such as Audio Adrenaline and Jars of Clay at the Abbotsford Agrifair in Canada. This fall, Leanna will attend Northwest University majoring in music business.

Colfax, Wash., native Lindsay Webber, 19, spent her high school years as an active member of FFA. As a freshman, she won the state title as part of the rituals team. Lindsay also participated in Creed Speaking, Job Interview Career Development, Talent and F.A.R.M. Additionally, Lindsay raised a market hog throughout her FFA tenure, selling it at the county fair. She has performed at the Washington State and National FFA Conventions and attends Baylor University majoring in vocal performance.

Complete contest details are available online at

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