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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida FFA Association recently selected twenty-two (22) student members as finalists in the highly coveted “Stars of Florida” award recognition program.  This program symbolizes the highest competitive recognition for FFA members and their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program(s) in six different categories.  More than two hundred (200) applicants were considered during the selection process.  Each candidate will be interviewed by a team of FFA, industry and Agriculture Education representatives to determine the Star in each area.  Each finalist, their family and agriculture instructor(s) will be recognized June 28, 2012 at the 84th Florida FFA Convention to be held at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando.

The finalists listed alphabetically by chapter in each category are:

Category Name Chapter
Star Discovery Degree Jonathan Gaylard Branford Middle
Star Discovery Degree Quin Johnson Chiefland Middle
Star Discovery Degree Kinsey Denee’ Ward Chiefland Middle
Star Discovery Degree Anna Beth Conrad Tomlin Middle
Star Greenhand Degree Landon Smith Bronson
Star Greenhand Degree John Robert Trimm, Jr. Bronson
Star Greenhand Degree Austin Lenn Davis Bunnell
Star Greenhand Degree Harold Tillis Chiefland
Star in Agribusiness Matthew Cantrell Baker County
Star in Agribusiness Drake Austin Bishop DeLand
Star in Agriscience Allison Coelho Brooksville
Star in Agriscience Marissa Mancillas Brooksville
Star in Agriscience Shayanne Mumma Brooksville
Star in Agriscience Melissa Ritter Brooksville
Star in Agricultural Placement John Burnsed Baker County
Star in Agricultural Placement Marisa Crowhurst Pine Ridge
Star in Agricultural Placement Laura-Kaitlyn Boatright Suwannee
Star in Agricultural Placement Drew Land Suwannee
Star Farmer Catherine Bowman Santa Fe
Star Farmer Morgan Edwards South Sumter
Star Farmer Benjamin Glass Suwannee
Star Farmer Michael Holder Williston

About the Florida FFA State Convention

The annual state FFA convention is truly a week that absolutely everybody should experience.  FFA members come together to celebrate the achievements won by the past and present generations of agriculturalists, while continuing to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.  Honoring past and present accomplishments, FFA members, along with advisors, alumni, parents and supporters, will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders for the future.

About the Florida FFA Association

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with 16,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state.  FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. The FFA 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.


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