FMC Agricultural Solutions announces Alexandra Carpenter of Crawfordsville as one of four finalists in this year's FMC "Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest." Selected by popular online vote to move to the judging round, Carpenter now hopes to win the grand prize of a $10,000 college scholarship. Voting begins online at www.FMCcrop.com/contest on Aug. 26 through Sept. 15.

"This was an incredible experience," said Carpenter. "Working with some of the best music talents in the industry will be something I treasure for the rest of my life. What an amazing opportunity FMC has given me."

Carpenter recently traveled to Nashville with the other three finalists to re-record her rendition of the National Anthem with professional music producer Tom Davis. The finalists' updated performances will be posted to www.FMCcrop.com/contest and broadcast nationwide on August 29 on RFD-TV.

Carpenter, 19, just completed her tenure in 4-H. She recently served as the president of her local club and has completed more than 100 projects throughout her 4-H career, including goats and rabbits as well as sewing, cake decorating, photography, foods and food preservation. Along with her agricultural experiences, Carpenter has been involved in high school theater and chorus, and performs in the community theater. She will attend Indiana State University this fall, majoring in musical liberal arts with a focus in pre-med.

From March through mid-June, more than 200 entries were received from agricultural students across the country. Entrants of the "Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest" included members of national ag-related student organizations, such as FFA, 4-H or student NAMA chapters, with a background and interest in agriculture or agribusiness. The finalist who receives the most votes will win the $10,000 scholarship, and the other three remaining finalists will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Winners will be announced on Sept. 18.