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Essay Contest Winners Announced

Aug 7

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CountryMark and Indiana Prairie Farmer, long-time supporters of FFA, teamed up this year to sponsor an essay contest. The theme this year: “What did you learn from your most memorable


FFA experience?” The contest was open to any current or alumni Indiana FFA members—and the results are in.

After carefully reviewing 24 adult and 109 youth entries, the judges selected the following winners:

From the youth category:
• 1st place: Raegan Smith of Rushville Consolidated High School FFA chapter—$250
• 2nd place: Bryana Slisher of Caston Jr./Sr. High School FFA chapter—$150
• 3rd place: Kelly Burger of Franklin County High School FFA chapter—$50
• 4th place: Sarah Correll of North Miami High School FFA chapter—$50

From the adult category:
• 1st place: Amber Morford of Hagerstown High School FFA chapter—500 gallons of Super Dieselex-4
• 2nd place: Sherry Legg Young of North Montgomery High School FFA chapter—250 gallons of Super Dieselex-4
• 3rd place: Anita Richert of Canterbury High School FFA chapter—100 gallons of Super Dieselex-4

Besides the prizes awarded to the winners, CountryMark donated $10 per entry—$1330 total—to the Indiana FFA Foundation. Contest winners will also be recognized in the August issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer.

“On behalf of the entire CountryMark team, we would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners,” said CountryMark Vice President of Marketing Jon Lantz. “As a farmer-owned cooperative, we thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the essays. Like all of our contest entrants, we share a passion for agriculture and the success of Indiana farmers.”

In fact, CountryMark is one of only four farmer-owned oil refining companies in the United States today.

“Finally we would like to say “thank you” to all 133 of our contest entrants,” said Lantz. “We appreciate your dedication to FFA and your commitment to the Hoosier state. Continue to wear your blue jackets proudly as you uphold the ideals of such a fine organization.”



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