Louisville, KY (December 7, 2012) – Megan Harper of Benton in Marshall County, and Coleman Stivers, of Lexington in Fayette County, were awarded top honors in the 2012 Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth contest, sponsored in part by AT&T. Both winners were recognized during the December 6 general session of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) 93rd annual meeting, held at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.
Harper and Stivers were selected from 22 district finalists out of approximately 200 young people who competed in county and district contests over the past several months. Judges met with finalists for personal interviews during the annual meeting, awarding points for the contestants’ leadership record, conversational ability and scholastic achievement. KFB gave both Harper and Stivers a $2,000 college scholarship, an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., on the KFB Congressional Tour in February 2013, a luggage set and watch for winning the contest.
Runners-up in the contest were Ashley Cottrell of Magnolia in LaRue County, and Corbin Cowles of Rockfield in Warren County. They each received a $200 cash award and digital camera from KFB. Congeniality awards, which were voted on by their fellow contestants, were won by Jessica Bailey of Greenup in Greenup County, and Vaughn Reed of Greenville in Muhlenberg County. KFB awarded both of them with $100 cash prizes for the honor.
All 22 contestants received luggage pieces and $100 for winning district competitions.
With nearly 500,000 member families statewide, Kentucky Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Approximately 1,700 members attended KFB’s 93rd annual meeting, December 5-8, to recognize this year’s individual and organizational achievements as well as adopt policy for 2013.