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Source: National FFA Organization news release

FFA members from Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Georgia earned the most prestigious honor awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization Saturday at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

The American Star awards - including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience - are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience.

A required activity in FFA, a supervised agriculture experience allows students to learn by doing by either owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.

This year's winners are:

American Star Farmer: Tyler Loschen, Illinois;
American Star in Agribusiness: Chelsey Schlosnagle, Kentucky;
American Star in Agricultural Placement: Trenton Bemis, Wisconsin;
American Star in Agriscience: Jacob Schindler, Georgia;

Other requirements to achieve the award include demonstrating top management skills; completing key agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements; and earning an American FFA Degree, the organization's highest level of student accomplishment.

Sixteen American Star award finalists from throughout the U.S. are nominated for a panel of judges to interview during convention. Four are named winners and receive cash awards totaling $4,000. All American Star finalists receive a $2,000 cash award.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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