Cal Poly Students Perform Well in Floral Design Competition

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Floral Design Team took top honors at the American Institute of Floral Designer’s 2015 Symposium held in Denver, Colo.
The Cal Poly team was awarded first place in the Duplicate Arrangement category. Kirsten Smith, an agricultural science senior, placed fourth in the category, individually.
In the Bridal Bouquet competition, Cal Poly placed fourth overall, and Sara Do, an agriculture and environmental plant sciences junior, placed seventh individually.
In the Place Card Table Arrangement category, the Cal Poly team placed eighth.
In overall scoring, Cal Poly placed 10th out of the 14 schools competing.
“The students were able to work alongside professional designers and attend stage shows of designers from all over the nation,” said Melinda Lynch, horticulture and crop science lecturer and the team’s advisor. “This was a wonderful way for our students to show off their work and be connected with internship and job opportunities.”
About the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)
AIFD was established in 1965 to advance the art of professional floral design through education, service and leadership and to recognize the achievement of excellence in this art form. AIFD and its members are industry leaders in educational design programs and floral designs for events including the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Academy Awards and presidential inaugurations.
About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative students ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories including ranchland, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. 

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