On April 26th, Nathan Batchelder, Cheyenne Bowers, Heather Estep, and Maddie Jaynes --members of the Elizabethton FFA -- placed 4th in the Tennessee State Nursery and Landscape Career Development Event! This contest tested them on landscape estimation, identification, general knowledge, written customer assistance, propagation, and a team activity.
"The team had to prepare and learn four new components of the contest in the two weeks between the regional and state contest," said Carrie Lykins, EHS Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor. "This placement is no small feat and is an incredible accomplishment for the members of the team. Congratulations to all team members!"
The contest lasted nine hours and included general knowledge exams, propagation skills test, identification, landscape estimation, written and verbal customer service, and team activity.
"Imagine coming out of nine hours of testing and still be excited about the contest," said Lykins. "That is exactly what the team was: excited."
Their last event was a team activity, which is something the team struggled with at the regional contest. However, when they exited their presentation room, where they had 45 minutes to prepare and present a landscape plan to a panel of judges, they were excited.
"They were complementing each other, talking about how they clicked as team, shared responsibility and proudly showed off their landscape drawing," she said. "Each of them talked about how no matter what happens with the placement of this contest they knew they excelled in that component and how that was success in itself."
They came within 17 point of a perfect team activity score.