APRIL 3-9, 2013
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College hostsHorticulture Expo
By KATIE MORGAN
The West Windsor Sun
The West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community Col-lege hosted the New Jersey HighSchool Horticulture Expo fromMarch 15-17.The expo, hosted in conjunc-tion with the state Department of Agriculture and the NJ FutureFarmers of America for the sec-ond year in a row, featured 750 flo-ral arrangement entries from stu-dents in 26 high schoolsstatewide.Students competed in variouscategories, including terrariums,dish gardens and bonsai arrange-ments. Categories for traditionalarrangement included new baby,wedding design and holidayarrangements, including MardiGras and Independence Day.On the first day of the expo, 56students competed in a live floralarranging competition in the col-lege’s gymnasium.The students each created twodisplays for judging, which werethen available for sale. More than300 visitors attended the expo,which was free and open to thepublic, over the course of theweekend.“We host the show for a num-ber of reasons,” Amy Ricco,MCCC Horticulture Program co-ordinator, said. “We want the gen-eral public to visit our campus tosee the talents of high school stu-dents who participate in agricul-ture-related programs across thestate. We also want to inform thehigh school students and the pub-lic about Mercer’s outstandinghorticulture program. This year,our own students got involved as judges, which is a great leader-ship experience for them.”Freshman Lisa Huff, an educa-tion major at MCCC, was one of the judges of the student entriesat the expo.“I have a full appreciation of what it takes to put these displaystogether,” said Huff, who had anentry in the expo when she was asenior in high school.Jennifer Buffington and JoyceReyhan, both students in horti-culture at MCCC, also served as judges.Throughout the weekend, ad-missions and horticultural pro-gram staff members took inter-ested students on campus andgreenhouse tours, and the stateDepartment of Agriculture of-fered leadership developmentworkshops.Many students in attendanceexpressed an interest in careersin horticultural fields, mention-
Special to The Sun
Fifty-six students par-ticipated in a live floralarranging competitionin the gym of MercerCounty CommunityCollege during theHorticulture Expo onMarch 16. LEFT: Highschool student KellyGangel shows off herfloral design using adoll stroller as hercontainer for the newbaby category of thecompetition.
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