ANKENY — The 2014 Stars Over Iowa finalists were selected for recognition as part of the 86th Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference to be held April 27-29 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Twenty-three finalists were selected in four different areas: agricultural placement, agriscience, agribusiness and agricultural production. The finalists were selected from a pool of 686 FFA members who will earn the Iowa FFA Degree — the highest honor the Iowa FFA Association can bestow upon an FFA member.
The star awards recognize students who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through their career development programs and demonstrated outstanding management skills. These finalists will be interviewed and an overall winner in each area will be announced on stage during the 4th General Session of the Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference April 29.
Stars Over Iowa finalists receive a plaque and a cash award. The Stars Over Iowa program is possible with support from DuPont Pioneer and SFP through the Iowa FFA Foundation.
Brooke Thelen, Creston FFA, is a finalist in agribusiness.
Merritt Caviness, Orient-Macksburg FFA, is a finalist in agricultural production.
The Iowa FFA Association has 219 local chapters with more than 14,200 FFA members. FFA is a national organization of nearly 580,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in science, business and technology of agriculture. Local, state and national programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.