People ask me all the time if I miss teaching. My answer is usually no… But then I am invited to work with Floriculture students and it reminds me that I do love to teach! Today Penta hosted the District 1 Floriculture Career Development Event and I was invited to help judge. This is something that while I was teaching my students would participate in. The students competing will then move on to the State Competition in April. In the 5 years I taught my students won the State 3 times so it is definitely a passion of mine. This is also the same contest that helped me earn a full ride to Ohio State to pursue my career in Floriculture.
My job was to proctor the corsage practicum and placing classes. Students chose from a variety of flowers and created a 3-5 flower corsage of their choice. My job was to grade them.
The students complete a hands on practicum of the state’s choice. Today the students practice creating a corsage. They also take a written exam and are quizzed on the names of tons of flowers, including latin names, and supplies. They also place groups of flowers and plants.
At the end I was able to discuss some of the students scores. It was great because I wanted this to be a learning experience so they can do even better at states. Students came from Elmwood, Fairview, Four County JVS, Patrick Henry, Penta, Edgerton and North Central and Toledo.