YORK — Ashley McCarter and Rachel Nance, both representing York County Farm Bureau, were named finalists at the 2013 SCFB Youth Ambassador Scholarship Contest in Myrtle Beach during the organization’s 70th annual meeting.
Ashley, the daughter of Carla McCarter of York, was named one of two state winners while Rachel, the daughter of Bill and Jane Nance of McConnells, was named one of six finalists. They competed in a field of 25 young people representing 17 South Carolina Farm Bureau county chapters.
As female state ambassador winner, Ashley received $150 in cash, and a $2,000 college scholarship, plus exposure to state agricultural and government leaders and leadership training. She will make appearances on behalf of agriculture and Farm Bureau, coordinated by the SCFB Promotion and Education Division.
Rachel received $50 as a finalist.
The contestants were each pre-judged on their applications and an essay on the topic: “If you were awarded enough land, equipment and funds to establish a farm or agribusiness, what would you pursue and why?”
The three highest scoring young men and three highest scoring young women were each invited to make a three-minute oral presentation before a panel of judges. The male and female youths with the best overall scores were named SCFB Youth Ambassadors.
The program, sponsored by the S.C. Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee, is designed to surface young leaders who can tell the farm story.
South Carolina Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm organization, was established to help keep family farmers in business, to keep rural lifestyles thriving, and to keep food production as local as possible.