Briley Fichter, the 2012-2013 Indiana FFA southern region vice president, presents Morgan Tomson (right) with her plaque after being named as the Indiana FFA Star Farmer.
Briley Fichter, the 2012-2013 Indiana FFA southern region vice president, presents Morgan Tomson (right) with her plaque after being named as the Indiana FFA Star Farmer.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — After mounds of paperwork, an intense interview process and weeks of waiting with anticipation and nerves continuing to build, the winners of the Indiana FFA Star awards were announced.

The Stars Over Indiana were honored during the 84th Indiana FFA State Convention, after all the finalists were recognized on stage by their fellow FFA members.

Katie Huffman from the Milan FFA Chapter, the Section 4 finalist, was named as the Star in Agribusiness.

She noted that she started her self-service fall farm stand, which offers a variety of pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn, to have enough money to pay for her textbooks in college, and she has earned enough that she now is able to save some for rainy days.

The Star in Agriscience award went to Section 1 finalist Heather Lehe of the Tri-County FFA Chapter for her passion for performing multiple research projects, including working with solar panels and testing how electric currents affect plant growth.

Zachary Young of the Lakeland FFA Chapter, representing Section 3, received the Star in Agricultural Placement award for the work he has done on his family’s cattle operation, Young Family Farms.

Her love for cows and learning more about beef cattle genetics earned Section 4 finalist Morgan Tomson of the South Decatur FFA Chapter the title of Star Farmer.

She noted that a lot of preparation goes into the Stars Over Indiana program, and one of the biggest things she has learned is the importance of getting everything turned in on time.

“They pick the best person to win, which was me,” Tomson said. “Yeah!”

She added that she was glad to be honored with the award since working with cattle is something she has enjoyed doing her whole life.