INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance recently announced the eXcel Awards round one winners on the company's website at www.infarmbureau.com.
The company received 3,800 entries for competition this year.
High school students throughout Indiana are competing in six categories for artistic expression, including writing, music, two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, video and performance. Secrets is the topic for this year's competition.
"As an Indiana-based company, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance believes strongly in our responsibility to give back to the communities in which our employees and agents live and work," Senior Vice President for Marketing Patty Poehler said. "The eXcel Awards program allows us to encourage and highlight the talent of young people in every community of our state. We are thrilled with the positive response we continue to receive from students, parents and educators."
Round two winners will be announced Friday and round three winners (state finalists) will be announced March 21.
The eXcel Awards State Finals will take place April 12, at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on the University of Indianapolis campus.
The public is invited to attend and admission is free.
Winners will be awarded college scholarship. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance has sponsored the competition since its inception in 1989. Last year, $73,000 in scholarship prizes were awarded to Hoosier students.