If you’re an American, chances are you’ve sang the National Anthem dozens, if not hundreds, of times in your life. You’ve probably never been offered $10,000 to carry that tune, however.
But that’s exactly what FMC Corporation has offered approximately 185 students with its 2013 "Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest." An online voting period between today and July 14 will help narrow the field to the top 20. These final contestants will be reviewed by a panel of musicians and agricultural group representatives, who will further trim the field to the top 4. These contestants will get to take part in a professional recording experience in Nashville, Tenn., this fall.
"We asked students to show us their talent and patriotism, and once again they responded," says Tim Thompson, FMC Agricultural Products Group North America product manager. "We’re very impressed with the talent of these students and the diversity of takes on one piece of music."
The final four will be posted to the contest website (www.FMCcrop.com/contest) and will be broadcast nationwide on Aug. 29 on RFD-TV. Final winners will be announced Sept. 18 – with the grand prize taking home a $10,000 scholarship, and the three other finalists winning $5,000 scholarships.
"Supporting students who have committed themselves to the future of agriculture is what investing in farming’s future is all about," Thompson says. "The response we received during [the contest] shows just how energetic and creative that future looks."