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The National FFA Organization announced recently that Newton High School class of 2012 graduate, Josie Stamps of Oxford was selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Agricultural Proficiency Award in Equine Science-Entrepreneurship. Stamps is one of only four FFA members nationwide chosen to compete for this award at the national finals during October’s 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their supervised agricultural experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. The awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. The Equine Science-Entrepreneurship award is one of 49 proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels. The Equine Science-Entrepreneurship award is sponsored by Keystone Steel & Wire Company-Red Brand and Land O’Lakes Purina Feed as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Stamps, a member of the Newton FFA Chapter, became eligible for the national award after winning the Georgia state FFA competition earlier this year. In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four finalists will receive a plaque and $500. The national winner of the Equine Science-Entrepreneurship Award will receive an additional $500 during a special ceremony at the national FFA convention.

The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo is October 24-27, 2012 in Indianapolis.