Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- August 15, 2005
Cal Poly Students Sweep Floral Design Nationals
Cal Poly's floral design team took top trophies at the National Student Design
Contest recently in Seattle, including the First Place full team award.
Cal Poly's Student Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers competed
against 13 college and university teams from across the U.S. and Canada in the
event, part of this year's annual convention of the American Institute of Floral
It is the second year in a row the Cal Poly floral design team has taken the top
spot. "I'm extremely proud of the students," said team advisor and Environmental
Horticulture and Crop Science instructor Melinda Lynch. "They did a great job and
were asked to be models for one of the top designers in the nation during his
floral show at the convention. It was a wonderful experience for all the Cal Poly
students who attended the convention and the competition."
Four of our students have competed before and four had never been to a competition.
All eight girls placed at least once in the top 15 in all four categories, Lynch
2005 team members traveling to Seattle included Jennifer Hart, Dana Cozzitorto,
Hilary Hirzel, Layci Gragnani, Liz Brown, Audrey Chaney, Sonny Pulido and Anna
Villalobos. Alternates were Christine Lancaster and Nicolette Lynch. All 10 team
members served as models for professional floral designer Ron Mulray of
Student competitors were judged by AIFD professionals on the floral design entries
in categories including sympathy, bridal bouquet, holiday arrangement, flowers to
wear. Team members accumulated points to place Cal Poly in first place.
In addition, Gragnani took first place in sympathy design, second in holiday design,
and third in overall design.
Contact: Melinda Lynch, (805)756-1237,