Sistrunk wins top award for National Anthem singing
FMC Agricultural Products Group announced Lexi Sistrunk from Oak Grove, La., is the grand prize winner in the “Stand & Be Heard Anthem Contest.” After two voting phases, Sistrunk will receive the grand prize of a $10,000 college scholarship.
The three runners-up include: Allison Nohre from De Pere, Wis.; Jessica Smith from Picayune, Miss.; and Katie Wesler from Birmingham, Ala. They will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship.
The youngest entrant in the contest at 13 years old, Sistrunk has been involved in 4-H since she was in the fourth grade. Her father was the 4-H agent for years and now serves as the local ag agent, which led to her involvement in 4-H. She is active in showing goats, chickens and horses, and also participates in cooking contests. Sistrunk sings in many town festivals and is currently taking voice lessons.
“This contest has been a great experience, and I would like to thank everyone for their support and votes throughout the contest. I couldn’t have done it without their help,” said Sistrunk. “I enjoy singing and felt this contest, and the scholarship, could help me in pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine in the future.”
From March through mid-July, more than 170 singing entries were received from agricultural students representing 34 states. After more than 155,000 votes were cast, the finalists were announced on August 30. Voting to determine the grand prize winner began Sept. 24 on the contest website www.FMCcrop.com/contest.