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NMSU students place in national floral design contest

NMSU students who competed in the national Intercollegiate Floral Judging and Design competition in Stillwater, Okla., this spring proved that they are worth their weight in goldenrod by placing in the top five in several events.

Eight students traveled to the 66th annual competition, including judging team members Jessica Corrie, of Clovis, N.M., Margaret Kovar, of Deming, N.M., Amber Martin, of House, N.M., and Jennifer Hopper, of Roswell, N.M., and design team members Jaclyn Simon, originally from Holland, Monica Gomez, of Las Cruces, N.M., Victoria Arroyave, of Clinton, Md., and Kelsi Cureton, of Douglas, Ariz.

"I was very pleased with the girls' performance. We had a student place in the top third in the judging contest, a rare event for us," said Sabine Green, floriculture program coordinator and coach of the team.

Kovar was named eighth high individual in the judging contest, in which students evaluate examples of cut flowers and potted plants according to predetermined merits and faults.

During the design contest, the designers have one hour to create an original, unique floral design using flowers they have been provided.

Of the two students who competed in the amateur design categories, Cureton won first place in the centerpiece category with her design and Arroyave placed fourth in the asymmetrical triangle category.

In the professional categories, Gomez and Simon both placed fourth in the wedding bouquet and tablescape categories, respectively.

Many of the team members spent the entire year preparing for the contest.