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Andrew Steiner to sing in National FFA Choir

When the lights are dimmed and hush descends upon an audience of more than 54,000 in Conseco Fieldhouse for the nation's largest annual student convention this Oct. 19 through 22, Andrew Steiner will share the spotlight in a musical performance that will inspire the crowd and provide memories to last a lifetime.

Steiner, of the Hancock FFA Chapter, has been selected to sing in the national FFA Chorus. He submitted an audition tape and was one of 90 young people selected nationwide to be a member of the prestigious group. Also in the group will be Steiner's first cousin, Chad Knoblock, son of Donna (Koehl) Knoblock from Lester, Iowa.

Knoblock's and Steiner's mothers, Donna and Jill, were also members of the chorus, Jill in 1984 and 1985 and Donna in 1989.

The choir will perform several times at the 84th National FFA Convention, adding excitement and motivation to the sessions through their music. National FFA chorus members are nominated by their state association and are chosen from a pool of more than 250 applications. The young musicians arrive in Indianapolis three days before convention begins to rehearse.

The Nationa FFA organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 520,284 student members (and counting) -- all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, businesss and technology of agriculture -- as part of 7,429 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Vigin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural educaation.