INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the Sylvania Southview FFA Chapter in Ohio were one of 46 teams participating in the National FFA Floriculture Career Development Event.
The event was held in conjunction with the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
The team, led by advisor Rich Fredrick, was awarded a Gold emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 178 other participants. Corinne Schwallie received a Silver emblem, Paul Fisher received a Gold emblem, Allison Monnin received a Silver emblem, and Jordan Shaffer received a Gold emblem.
The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the floriculture event are sponsored by Ball Horticultural Co. and Bayer CropScience as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Merchants in the Indiana area also donated and loaned plant materials used for the event.
For the event, FFA members test their knowledge and skills in the production and retailing of flowers, plants and foliage. Participants must complete a general knowledge exam on the floriculture industry, identify plant materials, and demonstrate problem solving and decision-making skills, employment and customer service skills, technical floral skills and the ability to work as a team. Teams competed at the local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their home state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.
The National FFA organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.