Printer Friendly

FUTURE FARMERS BLOOMING QUARTZ HILL TEENS TAKE FIRST IN STATE, HEAD TO NATIONALS.

Byline: Peggy Hager Staff Writer

QUARTZ HILL - Quartz Hill Future Farmers of America members will travel to a national competition in October after earning a first-place award at the state competition.

They won for a booth displaying the top produce grown in California, a display of labels from old-fashioned packing crates, and a computer quiz game called Farmer Feud, featuring questions about farm production.

California was always among one of the possible answers.

``I liked it, I had a fun time,'' student Marlana Collins said of her FFA involvement, which started after she signed up for a nighttime Regional Occupational Program floral design class.

The Quartz Hill FFA members earned their win at the State Leadership Conference last month in Fresno. Their win advances them to the National Future Farmers of American competition, called the Hall of States, in October in Louisville, Ky.

Twenty students worked on the booth for approximately eight weeks in class; seven went to the state competition. The trivia information alone involved nearly 100 hours in researching and forming questions and answers.

The Quartz Hill students also work on floral arrangements at the school's flower shop, which processes $40,000 to $50,000 worth of flower products each year. They create displays for school luncheons, awards ceremonies, district events and similar functions.

The students prepare flowers for two or three weddings a year and other floral arrangement work for nonprofit organizations. In March they made a daffodil arrangements for the American Cancer Society, said teacher Sharon Weisenberger, who along with teacher Cindy Nelson, runs the agricultural division.

Several of the students also work for the Antelope Valley Florist in the busy weeks before Mother's Day and Valentine's Day, helping owner Chris Spicher in preparing arrangements.

``It's a very interesting experience, very educational,'' said 17-year-old Jennifer Collins, no relation to Marlana, of her retail work. ``I didn't realize it was so complicated.''

Students said they gained invaluable experience by becoming involved with the Future Farmers of America program.

``It's a very good experience and people need to get involved,'' said Desiree Butler, 15, a freshman at Quartz Hill. Butler is involved in the animal side of the Future Farmers and is raising a steer named Taco Meat.

``It teaches the kids skills in a lot of different areas that's going to help them in their lives,'' Weisenberger said.

CAPTION(S):

photo

Photo:

(color in AV edition only) Future Farmers of America students Marlana Collins, left, and classmate Jennifer Collins, both 17, prepare floral arrangements at the Antelope Valley Florist.

Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer
COPYRIGHT 2001 Daily News
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2001, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:May 14, 2001
Words:426
Previous Article:RAIL CAR THEFT UNSOLVED MORE THAN ONE BREAK-IN LIKELY.
Next Article:KOBE SHOWS HE'S A GAMER.


Related Articles
BOY WITH STOLEN GUN ARRESTED.
ALMOND FESTIVAL BLOSSOMS.
FUTURE FARMERS AT QUARTZ HILL HIGH WIN 5TH PATIO LANDSCAPING COMPETITION.
ANTELOPE VALLEY: BRIEFLY : WEED-WHACKER CITED IN START OF 90-ACRE FIRE.
STUDENTS DIG AGRICULTURE LESSONS : AREA PUPILS TURN PLOTS INTO BACKYARD ARTWORKS.
'WATCH US BLOSSOM' TATANGELOS NAMED GRAND MARSHALS.
BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: MATCHUP LOSES SOME LUSTER.
BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: QUARTZ HILL MOVING UP IN LEAGUE RACE.
PALMDALE FALLS SHORT OF SENIOR SERIES.
SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED 15 LOCAL STUDENTS WIN GRANTS HOSPITAL, AUXILIARY SPONSOR AWARDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS WHO AIM FOR HEALTH CARE CAREERS.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters