Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- August 10, 2000

Cal Poly Students Rank Tops in Horticultural Contest

A team of Cal Poly agriculture students took top honors in a competition held during the meetings of the American Society for Horticultural Science in Orlando, Fla.

They placed first in the floral and interior plants category, second in vegetables, second in woody nursery plants, and third in fruits and nuts.

Team members included Sheila Stephan, a senior environmental horticultural science student from San Leandro; Chrissie Adams, senior, environmental horticultural science, Healdsburg; William Hill, senior, environmental horticultural science, Fosterville, Victoria, Australia; Orlando Velazquez, sophomore, crop science student, Guadalupe; and Carlos Zavala, senior, crop science, Soledad.

Individually, Adams took first place in fruits and nuts and Stephan came in second in nursery.

The team was coached by Robert Rice, professor of environmental horticultural science, and Wyatt Brown, professor of crop science.

"In the two years we have been involved in the activity," said Rice, "we have made a real splash and are getting our name out among horticultural scientists."

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