October 30, 2015

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

Cal Poly Floral Design Team Continues Winning Tradition

SAN LUIS OBISPO — All seven members of the Cal Poly Floral Team placed in the top 10 at the California State Floral Association’s (CSFA) annual competition held Oct. 10-11 in Sacramento.

The winning Cal Poly students included first-place winner Sara Do; Anna Thengvall, who placed fifth; Robin Somogyi, who placed sixth; Kristen Cotter, who placed seventh; Mekayla Karsten, who placed eighth; Dawn Mones, who placed ninth, and Kirsten Smith, who came in 10th.

In addition to the competition, the CSFA’s annual two-day gathering features hands-on design classes by some of the state’s top floral designers. This year’s theme was Calif Flora: Field to Vase — California Grown.

“I could not be more proud of our team’s accomplishments,” said Melinda Lynch, horticulture and crop science lecturer and the team’s advisor.

The Cal Poly students created their own designs following the competition’s specifications. In addition, the students had to use flowers grown in California and had to complete their designs in 45 minutes.

The students’ second designs were “surprise” packages. “They only had five minutes to review the material and begin designing. Their hard work in preparing for the competition paid off,” Lynch said.

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories including ranchland, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology.

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