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NMSU floral team members place at Southern New Mexico State Fair

Members of the New Mexico State University floral team placed in the design competition during the Southern New Mexico State Fair (SNMSF) Oct. 1-5 in Las Cruces.



Members of the New Mexico State University floral team are, back row from left, Christian Rodriguez, of El Paso, Texas, Amber Martin, of House, N.M., Tanya Sanchez, of Las Cruces, N.M., Christopher McCollum, of Alamogordo, N.M., and Naomi Martin, of Albuquerque, N.M., and, front row from left, Micah Ward, of Hot Springs, Ark., Mecca Layson, of Las Cruces, N.M., Amanda Lackey, of Las Cruces, N.M., and Monica Gomez, of Las Cruces, N.M. (NMSU photo by Sabine Green)

The design competition at the SNMSF is for amateurs who have never worked as a paid floral designer within the floral industry. This year's theme was "Under the Western Skies." Both the team and individuals competed in numerous categories.

The team won first place in the education displays division by making a fun and informative display, including a science board about floral preservatives and a window mural made out of grain crops.

Individually, in the Rhinestone Cowboy fresh flower category, Micah Ward, of Hot Springs, Ark., placed first. Lyndsey Tiley, of Belen, N.M., received second and Amber Martin, of House. N.M., received third.

Ramon Quiroga, of Anthony, N.M., and Tanya Sanchez, of Las Cruces, N.M., placed second and third, respectively, in the South of the Border fresh flower division.

Quiroga also received honorable mention in the Last Round-Up fresh flower division.

In the Happy Trails designer's choice category, Christopher McCollum, of Alamogordo, N.M., won first place. Naomi Martin, of Albuquerque, N.M., received honorable mention. McCollum also received the Creativity Award for his arrangement in this division.

Amber Martin won first place in the Riders in the Sky designer's choice category. She also received the Designer's Choice Award and the Design Excellence Award for the arrangement. Ward received second place.

In the Bloom on the Sage petite designs category, arrangements had to be less than eight inches high or wide. McCollum and Ward placed first and second, respectively.

Ward won first in the Tumbling Tumbleweeds novice division, also winning the Virginia Kane Memorial Award. McCollum and Quiroga received second and third, respectively. Kelly Siebe, of Las Cruces, N.M., received honorable mention.

Mecca Layson, of Las Cruces, N.M., placed first in the Happy Trails youth division, also winning the Youth Special Excellence award. Layson is the daughter of Shiella Parr, a graduate student in the plant and environmental sciences department. She is a freshman at Las Cruces High School and has received the youth excellence award two years in a row.


Members of the New Mexico State University floral team are, back row from left, Christian Rodriguez, of El Paso, Texas, Amber Martin, of House, N.M., Tanya Sanchez, of Las Cruces, N.M., Christopher McCollum, of Alamogordo, N.M., and Naomi Martin, of Albuquerque, N.M., and, front row from left, Micah Ward, of Hot Springs, Ark., Mecca Layson, of Las Cruces, N.M., Amanda Lackey, of Las Cruces, N.M., and Monica Gomez, of Las Cruces, N.M.