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Floriculture Team Places First at Districts

Jesup FFA Places First in Floriculture!

By Kristen Orth

It’s summer time! Time for swimming, traveling, and, most importantly, the Floriculture Career Development Event! On Thursday, May 27th, eight Jesup FFA members traveled to Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids to compete against Floriculture teams from across the district.

 With new rules set for the 2010 CDE, the members worked hard to make sure they were well prepared for the changes in the competition. They learned how to identify flowers and plants, solved floriculture-related math problems, and studied for the general knowledge exam. They also learned about pesticides application and how to be safe around hazardous materials. In preparation for the event, Mrs. Laura Payne showed the participating members special corsage-making techniques, as that too was part of the contest.

 It didn’t seem long before the eight members were on their way to districts. The students were divided into two four-person teams. The first team was made up of Chelsea Bearbower, Cally Bengston, Kristen Orth, and Lauren Riensche. The second team consisted of Nyssa Gwin, Patricia Maines, Allie Renner, and Katelyn Wellman.

 The hours slowly ticked by as the members steadily worked through the challenges presented before them. Once the event was finally over, the top ten individuals and teams were announced to the competitors and audience. Individually, six members from Jesup placed in the top ten! Allie Renner placed tenth, Nyssa Gwin placed sixth, Cally Bengston placed fifth, Lauren Riensche placed third, Kristen Orth placed second, and Chelsea Bearbower placed first. Both teams also placed in the top ten, with the team two placing third and team one placing first!

 After hearing the news, Mr. Bruce Bearinger- Jesup’s new FFA advisor beginning July 1-commented "I am very excited about all of the recent success and growth of the Jesup FFA program! It is obvious to me that the chapter is backed by a supportive community, parents, school, and school board. Mrs. Fleming has taken the Jesup FFA to new heights and I hope to continue this emerging tradition."

 The Jesup FFA’s first place and third place rankings are just another example of how hard work pays off, and that goals are always attainable for those who strive for them. The next goal? Placing first at State Floriculture and advancing to the national competition! Wish us luck!