Success Blooms For Horticulture Students

So Yeon, left, and Kyung Yun, right, creating Body Flowers Design at the Student AIFD competition in Denver. (Photo courtesy of jennytabarracci.blogspot.com)
So Yeon, left, and Kyung Yun, right, creating Body Flowers Design at the Student AIFD competition in Denver. (Photo courtesy of jennytabarracci.blogspot.com)

By Cassie Ordonio/Staff Writer

City College’s floral design students won the Overall School Award of the American Institute of Floral Designers competition for the fourth year in a row in Denver on July 4.

The students who competed were Young Joo Pak, Aimee O’Donnell Sauders, Kyung

Yun Kim, Hee Joo and So Yeon Kim.

“This was my first year competing, but I certainly knew how successful CCSF’s previous teams were and I felt driven to succeed as well,” Sauders said. “You never want to let your team or your school down, especially when they’re reigning national champions.”

In previous years, City College’s floral design students competed and won outside of California as well. They competed in Miami in 2012, where they won their first competition, Las Vegas in 2013, and Chicago in 2014.

“Points are given for the methodological use of color, depth, line, balance, focal emphasis, unity and proportion,” Tabarracci wrote.

Every year the institute hosts the competition for schools around the region to compete.

The bridal bouquet design arrangement completed in one hour by City College student Hee Joo at the American Institute of Floral Designers National Symposium which was held from June 30-July 4, 2015 in Denver, Colo. (Photo Courtesy: jennytabarracci.blogspot.com)
The bridal bouquet design arrangement completed in one hour by City College student Hee Joo at the American Institute of Floral Designers National Symposium which was held from June 30-July 4, 2015 in Denver, Colo. (Photo Courtesy: jennytabarracci.blogspot.com)

The competition consisted of 15 colleges throughout the United States and Canada.

“The American Institute of Floral Designers is the floral industry’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to establishing, maintaining and recognizing the highest standard of professional floral design,” Jenny Tabarracci, City College environmental horticulture and floristry department instructor wrote on her blog.

The American Institute of Floral Designers’ four competition categories are arrangement, wedding, duplicate and body flowers, to complete within 1 hour each. Each category is critically judged and tallied by points.

“Points are given for the methodological use of color, depth, line, balance, focal emphasis, unity and proportion,” Tabarracci wrote.

The is a huge accomplishment for our Floral Design students, and it’s a positive representation of City College.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for students in the program to experience competition design and networking with students from other colleges and universities,” Steven Brown, environmental horticulture and floristry department chair, said.

The next Student AIFD competition is in Anaheim California at the AIFD National Symposium July 3 – 7, 2016.


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