Students and graduates in Parkland College's Horticulture program recently earned top honors at the 2014 Illinois State Florists’ Association’s Floral Design Contest in Springfield, Illinois.
Danielle Holste of Cissna Park, a freshman in the program, won first place in the collegiate division, while freshman Dorothy (Dot) Stewart of Rantoul took home the third-place prize.
Eight Parkland students competed at the March 7–9 event, guided by Parkland floral design instructor Trisha Locke, AIFD, CFD, ICPF. Locke, herself a Parkland graduate, teaches the college’s Floral Design I and II (HRT 130/230) classes.
"All of the students who competed gained valuable experience; they all did a good job on their designs and put their work on display to be seen by many," Locke said. "Parkland has a strong commitment to providing professional development opportunities for its students and is unique in helping pay for its students to compete in such events."
Finally, three graduates of the Parkland Horticulture program also received conference honors:
- Jarro Designs owner and chief designer Julie Odum, ICPF, of Mahomet became an ISFA Illinois Certified Professional Florist and received a $600 ISFA grant. When she was a Parkland student, Odum was a top student winner at the 2010 ISFA contest.
- Nancy Zimmerman, owner of Fairbury’s Fancy Florals by Nancy, won the 2014 Linda Kay Scholarship. Founded by Baisch and Skinner, a wholesale floral distributor, the Kay scholarship allows winners to attend the statewide spring conference.
- Candice Miller, ICPF, owner of CM Cakes and Flowers in Dixon, was recognized for winning first place in the 2014 Land of Lincoln design competition and received the William J. McKinley, AIFD, CFD, ICPF Education Grant. The $500 McKinley grant was established in 2012 for a graduate of the Illinois Certified Professional Florist program. The Land of Lincoln competition, a top honor by the ISFA, allows the winner to go on to compete in the National Designer of the Year Contest in October.
[Image: Former and current Parkland HRT 230 students win awards at the ISFA conference: l. to r., Candice Miller, ICPF, Dot Stewart, Danielle Holste, Nancy Zimmerman, and Julie Odum, ICPF.