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Posted Thursday, November 8, 2012
Bear Creek, NC - A floriculture team from the Chatham Central chapter of FFA, an organization for agricultural education, competed in the national competition the week of October 23rd. The competition was one of many held during the 85th annual National FFA Organization’s Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Chatham Central team represented North Carolina after winning the state competition in June. Team members were Matt Brooks, Kaylyn Groce, Ethan Mason, and Tiara Taylor. They were coached by their horticulture teacher, Chris Hart.
The National FFA Organization describes the floriculture Career Development Event where “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/decision making skills, employment and customer service skills, technical floral skills and the ability to work as a team.”
During an awards ceremony following the completion of all the competitive events, team and individual winners were announced. The team from Chatham Central placed fourth overall. Senior Ethan Mason placed second among over 180 student competitors with his individual scores and was recognized onstage during the final general session of the convention. Mason also received a $900 cash award that students are encouraged to use for a college education.
There were 56,167 attendees at the convention, which is the largest convention Indianapolis will host in 2012. In the Career Development Events, 3,500 students competed.