FMC Agricultural Solutions Wednesday awarded Noelle Goodson from Fayette, Ohio, the grand prize in the company's 2013 "Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest."
After two rounds of online voting, a judges' panel review and delivering a nationally-televised performance of the National Anthem on RFD-TV, Goodson will now receive the grand prize of a $10,000 scholarship. More than 30,000 online votes were submitted during the finalist phase.
"This whole experience has been amazing. Going to Nashville was one of the coolest things I've ever done," said Goodson.
Goodson has been involved in FFA since eighth grade. Through FFA, 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.
Goodson has sung the National Anthem for sporting events throughout high school, including the Division IV State Boys Varsity Basketball Championship game at The Ohio State University. Goodson plans to attend Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich.
In its second year, the FMC "Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest" received more than 220 video entries from 4-H, FFA, student NAMA and other agricultural education students in 31 states.
In August, Goodson along with finalists Alexandra Carpenter, Crawfordsville, Ind.; Hayley Hall, Bladenboro, N.C.; and Alexander Raun, Minden, Neb., traveled to Nashville to rerecord their renditions of the National Anthem with a professional music producer. The interviews and performances originally aired on RFD-TV on August 29.
"Interacting with young people is what makes us excited about investing in the future of farming," said Tim Thompson, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America product manager. "FMC is proud to congratulate Noelle and we thank all the students who participated in this year's contest. We hope they will share their talents with us again next year."