Summer work pays off: Cedarcrest FFA creates winning garden design

Cedarcrest FFA students Willy Wilen and Nicole Pearson hold their third-place banner for their garden design in the Evergreen State Fair
Cedarcrest FFA students Willy Wilen and Nicole Pearson hold their third-place banner for their garden design in the Evergreen State Fair's landscape competition.
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The Cedarcrest High School FFA team recently saw all of its hard work in the last few weeks of summer pay off, when the team won a third-place ribbon in the Evergreen State Fair's landscape design competition. Student members Nicole Pearson, Willy Wilen and Byron Galusha created a distinctive garden design for the competition.

Their design included New Guinea impatiens, variegated Algerian ivy, dwarf boxwood, creeping jenny, purple fountain grass and fiber optic grass, plus a colorful and functioning antique water feature.

“I love going to the Evergreen State Fair every year just to see the projects that our students have created and designed," said Donna Bielstein, Career and Technical Education Director. "The landscape design was beautiful, and the metals’ projects were outstanding."

FFA Advisor, Les Collins said, "The members of the Cedarcrest FFA are always ready to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom as displayed with this year’s landscape."

The following FFA students participated in the fair:Pearson exhibited in the Horse Division and several riding classes, earning blue ribbons in each class Elsa Brouwer earned the Reserve Champion Senior Fitting and Showing ribbon.

Byron Galusha entered five agriculture mechanics projects, including an Oliver tractor that he rebuilt, and received the AG Mechanics Outstanding Exhibitor for the 2012 FFA show.

Students also participated in 10 career development events, earning the following awards: second place in poultry; second place in dairy foods; third place in natural resources, second in potato judging,  third in apple judging, third in livestock judging, fourth in dairy judging, sixth in tractor judging.  Anniejoy Schutte also placed first as an individual in the food science competition.


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