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.
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.
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
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.