Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- October 17, 2003
Poly Horticulture Judging Team Wins National Contest Third Straight
For the third year in a row, the Cal Poly Horticulture Judging Team
has taken first place at the national contest held in conjunction with
the annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science.
Besides placing first overall in the comprehensive test of horticultural
knowledge, the four-member team took first place in the nursery and
vegetable divisions, and the members -- all environmental horticultural
science majors -- placed in the individual competitions.
Daniel Stever, from Manitowoc, Wis., was the best overall individual
student in the nation and placed second in floriculture.
Kearney Brooks, from Santa Rosa, placed third overall and in the fruit
and nut division and tied for third on the written exam.
Jon-Paul Williams, San Diego, placed second in the nursery division,
and Amanda Clanton, Valley Center, placed second on the written exam.
The contest is divided into four divisions: floriculture, nursery, fruits
and nuts, and vegetables. Students judge commodity quality, take an
extensive written test covering horticulture, botany and plant physiology,
and try to identify 400 nursery and floriculture crops by scientific
name. The team began preparing last spring and worked over the summer
to learn plant identification. Final training included a two-day intensive
workshop and a visit to the Arnold Arboretum in Boston.
This year's meeting was the centennial gathering of the American Society
for Horticultural Science. It was held in Providence, R.I., Oct. 4.
Selection and fund-raising for next year's team, which will compete
in Austin, Texas, in August, is already under way.
The team is coached by Horticulture and Crop Science Professor Robert
Jo Ann Lloyd
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