Lane places at National FFA Organization nursery/landscape event
A freshman from Texas Tech University's Department of Landscape Architecture was recently honored at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Elizabeth Lane of Marble Falls placed ninth in the National FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event competition.
Representing her hometown Marble Falls FFA, Lane was tested on her knowledge and skills in nursery practices and landscaping. Winners were announced Friday (Oct. 21) at the annual awards banquet.
Program officials noted that 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 event were sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation and STIHL Inc.
The National FFA Nursery/Landscape CDE is a competitive event. Participants must complete a general knowledge exam testing horticultural principles including plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design and maintenance. Each participant must also complete practicums involving a landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification of plants, disorders and equipment.
Each team competed on local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo. The event, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, was one of many educational activities at the national convention in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.
Separately, Lane was a member of one of the event's Top Placing Teams (9th Place) which included Holly Atkinson and Avery Marshall, representing the Marble Falls FFA. Lane is the recipient of a 2016 Highland Lakes Master Gardeners Scholarship. Last year she as was the nursery team captain for the FFA State Plant Identification Team which placed first in the state.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Eric Bernard, Department Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 834.3482 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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