On Wednesday, September 26, two FFA members, Emma Krise and Hannah Sampson, placed first in a Horticulture demonstration contest. For this contest, they had to prepare a horticulture based presentation. They had to create a script and put a demo together. They chose to do their demo on mason jar aquaponics, which is a combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (soil-less growing of plants). They worked on this project for three months.
Mr. Borst, an Ag teacher and their advisor, helped them come up with some ideas. Overall, he was their main source of confidence. He would always tell them that they could win. Sampson and Krise made a promise to Mr. Borst, stating that they would win. When it was announced that they were the winning team, they were both shocked. Sampson was so shocked that she actually cried and Krise couldn’t speak.
At the national level, a few changes are made to the contest. At the state level, they were allowed to use a poster board to organize their ideas. At nationals, all the information has to be memorized. They want to add a few things to their script and improve the design and water condition of the mason jar habitat. They also want to show what happens when the roots of the plants get too long.
At State Convention in June, they will be receiving plaques and prize money. They will also be featured in the FFA New Horizons magazine. They will also receive scholarship money.
Congratulations to both Emma Krise and Hannah Sampson, as well as Mr. Borst.