Recently, the Hillsdale FFA Floriculture team participated in the District and State competition. The Floriculture Career Development Event (CDE) is an educational activity designed as a practical method of teaching students to identify various horticulture plants, disorders, insects and diseases that affect the floriculture industry. The skills students learn in evaluating floriculture products provide opportunities for them to become better producers and consumers of these products. The district contest was held at the Lorain County JVS on April 12 and the contestants were Payton Fickes, Elizabeth Derr, Shawna Barr, Hannah Way, Adda Bickel, Madison Eaton and Julia Harper.
FFA members designed a pin-on corsage in 15 minutes while following certain guidelines. They also had to identify plants, diseases, disorders and floral equipment. The Hillsdale FFA team placed second and competed at the state competition, which was held on April 24 at the ATI Ohio State Branch in Wooster. The four members: Hannah Way, Madison Eaton, Adda Bickel and Shawna Barr, placed third in state. These members performed planted root cutting and had to identify plants, diseases, disorders and floral equipment. Congratulations to all of the team members.