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ND student announced as national finalist

Dylan Finken of the Max FFA Chapter is one of four finalists for American Star Farmer at the 2018 State FFA Convention held in Indianapolis on October 24th-27th.(Submitted Photo)

Dylan Finken of Max, North Dakota has been nominated and announced as a finalist for American Star Farmer, one of the most prestigious awards an FFA member can achieve. Only four FFA members across the nation are nominated for the award and only one will be named American Star Farmer at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis from October 24-27, 2018.

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“It is a great honor to have not only Dylan but to have North Dakota as a finalist for this award,” says Tamra Maddock, Executive Director of the North Dakota FFA Foundation. “This is an extremely difficult award to even qualify for; Dylan has worked incredibly hard and it is wonderful to see his efforts rewarded on a national level.”

The American Star Farmer award is one of four Star Awards and and recognizes members of the FFA who have exhibited outstanding skill and knowledge in agriculture as they complete their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). For his SAE, Finken focuses on Diversified Crop Production.

In addition to the skills and competencies displayed through an SAE, finalists must demonstrate leadership skills, academic success and earn their American FFA Degree, the highest degree an FFA member can achieve.

“Dylan has always been a dedicated member of our organization and has devoted a great deal of time and energy to our chapter,” says Amanda Huettl, Max FFA Advisor. “We are proud of the work he has done and to have him represent North Dakota and the Max FFA Chapter this October.”

The three additional Star Awards are American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience. The finalists for each award are as follows:

American Star Farmer

• Adam Eichacker of the McCook Central FFA Chapter in South Dakota.

• Dylan Finken of the Max FFA Chapter in North Dakota.

• Austin Stanton of the Centralia FFA Chapter in Missouri.

• Laura Stobb of the Milaca FFA Chapter in Minnesota.

American Star in Agribusiness

• Benjamin Curtin of the Taylorville FFA Chapter in Illinois.

• Aaron Deunk of the Norris FFA Chapter in Nebraska.

• Conner Watts of the Slaton FFA Chapter in Texas.

• Brady Womack of the Morris FFA Chapter in Oklahoma.

American Star in Agricultural Placement

• Gracie Danner of the West Liberty FFA Chapter in Iowa.

• Landon Herring of the Lowndes County FFA Chapter in Georgia.

• Jarret Moser of the Jefferson County FFA Chapter in Tennessee.

• Colin Wegner of the United South Central FFA in Minnesota.

American Star in Agriscience

• Adrienne Blakey of the Stillwater FFA Chapter in Oklahoma.

• Katherine Marie Fazzino of the Rudder FFA Chapter in Texas

• Eric Koehlmoos of the South O’Brien FFA Chapter in Iowa.

• Katheryn Vacula of the Big Foot FFA Chapter in Wisconsin.

About North Dakota FFA Foundation

The ND FFA Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to support the leadership opportunities and activities of the ND FFA and agricultural education. They do this by building partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources which allow scholarships, financial assistance and sponsorship of the ND FFA State Association’s activities in order to help grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture.