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William Maltbie and Gatlin Squires Among 16 American Star Finalists at 2015 National Convention

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:47:57 CDT

William Maltbie and Gatlin Squires Among 16 American Star Finalists at 2015 National Convention

The National FFA Organization has selected 16 students, two from Oklahoma, as finalists for its 2015 top achievement awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.

Three time National Proficiency Award winner William Maltbie of Burlington is a National Finalist for the American Star Agribusinessman, while Gatlin Squires of Kingfisher hopes to hear his name called as the American Star in Agriscience. (Pictured here is William Maltbie at the 2012 National Convention

The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Recognized are FFA members who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs; earned an American FFA Degree, the highest level of achievement the organization bestows upon a member; and met agricultural education, leadership and scholarship requirements.

The American FFA Degree recognition program is sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Service, Case IH, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The finalists include:

American Star Farmer

Dylan Kale Massa of the Liberal FFA Chapter in Missouri

Logan Peters of the Pender FFA Chapter in Nebraska

Thomas Wayne Glascock of the Pilot Point FFA Chapter in Texas

Austin Wippel of the Westfall FFA Chapter in Ohio

American Star in Agribusiness

Dakota Duane Crissman of the Bells FFA Chapter in Texas

William James Maltbie of the Burlington FFA Chapter in Oklahoma

Benjamin Neal Niendick of the Wellington-Napoleon FFA Chapter in Missouri

Dakota Siegler of the Badger FFA Chapter in Wisconsin

American Star in Agricultural Placement

Kenneth Coddington of the Montello FFA Chapter in Wisconsin

Britt Larson of the Pilot Point FFA Chapter in Texas

Jakob Edward Wilson of the Fairbanks FFA Chapter in Ohio

William Zell Woodworth of the Mineral County FFA Chapter in West Virginia

American Star in Agriscience

Jillian Ann Drake of the Fallbrook FFA Chapter in California

Gatlin Cy Squires of the Kingfisher FFA Chapter in Oklahoma

Rory Christina Tucker of the Klein FFA Chapter in Texas

Justin Zahradka of the Park River FFA Chapter in North Dakota

Each star finalist receives $2,000 from the National FFA Foundation.

A panel of judges will interview finalists and select one winner for each award at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 28 -31, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. The four winners will receive an additional $2,000 and be announced at the convention and expo's third general session, as part of the Stars Over America Pageant on Thursday, Oct. 29.

The Stars Over America is a special audiovisual presentation featuring the star award finalists funded as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Visit http://www.FFA.org/stars for more information about the American Star Awards.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Our exclusive coverage of the 2015 National FFA Convention in Louisville is a service of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Click here for more information about this youth organization. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.



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