DUVALL, Wash. — On Oct. 25-26, the Cedarcrest nursery/landscape team competed at the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The nursery/landscape competition included a team activity and skills event, knowledge exam, landscape estimating calculations, written and verbal customer assistance, propagation and identification of plants, plant diseases/disorders, pests, beneficial insects, and tools.
The team placed 16th overall with team members earning individual recognition as well. Kailea Alves earned bronze level placing. Megan Reid placed in the silver level. Ben Benson and Kendra Mutch received gold level awards. Out of nearly 150 competitors, Ben placed 20th and Kendra placed 10th individually. Competing at national level allowed each team member the opportunity to discover personal areas of interest in agriculture, and learn more pertaining to horticulture, landscaping and plant sciences.
The opportunity for the landscape team to compete at national convention was made possible by the following sponsors:
• Cherry Valley Horticulture Club
• City of Carnation Fourth of July Committee
• Civic Club, Duvall, Wash.
• Flower World, Maltby, Wash.
• Jo’s Fleece Fields. Don and Jody Stanwick, owners of Jo’s Fleece Fields, provided opportunity for the team to work for their farm/feed distribution business.
• JP Landscape, Duvall, Wash.
• Kim Klingenberg, Keller Williams, Kirkland Wash.
• King County Farm Bureau
• Paradise Lake Nursery, Maltby, Wash.
• The Ross Family
• Sally Grimes, who employed the landscape team to assemble a greenhouse.
• Washington Crop Improvement nonprofit agricultural organization.
If you are interested in learning more about the Cedarcrest High School horticulture program, contact the Cedarcrest FFA advisors at: firstname.lastname@example.org