PHILADELPHIA – FMC Agricultural Solutions announces Hayley Hall of Bladenboro, N.C., as one of four finalists in this year’s FMC “Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest.”
Selected by popular online vote to move to the judging round, Hall now hopes to win the grand prize of a $10,000 college scholarship. Voting begins online at www.FMCcrop.com/contest on Monday, Aug. 26, and runs through Sept. 15.
“Having the opportunity to compete and benefit from the FMC scholarship contest is like a dream come true. The experience of working with professionals in Nashville was the chance of a lifetime,” said Hall. “Getting to know the other finalists was great. The scholarship will go a long way in helping me achieve my goals!”
Hall recently traveled to Nashville with the other three finalists to rerecord her rendition of the National Anthem with professional music producer Tom Davis. The finalists’ updated performances will be posted to www.FMCcrop.com/contest and broadcast nationwide on Thursday, Aug. 29, on RFD-TV.
“The quality of this year’s finalists illustrates the great future for agriculture. From across the nation, we had a number of excellent students participate and the finalists exemplify the best of the best,” said Tim Thompson, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America product manager.
Involved in community-based 4-H for eight years, Hall, 17, has entered and received ribbons for her 4-H projects ranging from recipes to photography in the state fair each year. As a member of Super Clover 4-H Club led by Sandra Cain, she performs monthly community service projects throughout the year. Hall has served both club and county-level offices in Bladen County 4-H, and currently serves as reporter for the Bladen County 4-H Youth Council, led by Stacie Kinlaw.
Hall sings the National Anthem at area minor league baseball games and community events, and has assisted with 4-H summer youth programs. She will be a senior at West Bladen High School this year, and plans a career in the medical field.
From March through mid-June, more than 200 entries were received from agricultural students across the country. Entrants of the “Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest” included members of national ag-related student organizations, such as FFA, 4-H or student NAMA chapters, with a background and interest in agriculture or agribusiness.
The finalist who receives the most votes will win the $10,000 scholarship, and the other three remaining finalists will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Winners will be announced on Sept. 18.