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Cedarcrest FFA Nursery Landscape CDE Team Wins First Place Award at State Competition

The team will compete at the FFA National Competition in October!

Contributions to the article made by FFA student Leila Misallati.


On Friday, March 22, 2019, Cedarcrest High School’s Nursery Landscape Career Development Event (CDE) team traveled to the small farming town of Lind, located in Eastern Washington for the 2019 FFA Nursery Competition.

Lind-Ritzville High School hosted the event, which saw many teams from around the State of Washington compete, including Cedarcrest's five-person team.

Team members Brooke Downing, Keaton Downing, Parker Downing, Leila Misallati, and Sawyer Vondra competed in plant identification, landscape estimating, and a knowledge test. Additionally, students completed an individual practicum testing their landscape knowledge, as well as their ability to perform industry tasks such as verbal customer assistance, written customer assistance, and potting or propagation. Lastly, teams compete in a team activity where they are given a scenario to design a landscape and present it to a panel of judges.

Cedarcrest had all five members of the team score in the individual Top 10 rankings. Keaton Downing finished in 10th place, while Parker Downing ranked 8th. Brooke Downing finished in 6th place, while Sawyer Vondra placed 4th, and Leila Misallati came in 2nd place.

With their accumulated scores, Cedarcrest High School earned an overall First Place team award, qualifying them to represent Washington state at the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this coming October. They will compete against other winning teams from across the nation. Earlier this season, the team also took first place at a competition at Sedro-Woolley High School!

Additional News:

Cedarcrest FFA's Veterinary Science Team recently finished third in a regional competition at Mount Vernon High School, earning a trip to the State Competition the last week of April 2019!

Cedarcrest FFA's Floral Team had plenty to jump for joy about as well, finishing 5th in the State Floral CDE competition in March.

Plant Sale:

The annual Cedarcrest FFA Plant Sale had a successful pre-sale launch event on April 24, 2019. The First in Bloom event allows community members to shop early on the dozens of flowers, baskets, perennials, fresh starts, and other items available for gardens of any size. The Plant Sale is open to the general public beginning on Friday, April 26,

The sale takes place over two weekends.

On Friday, April 26, and Friday, May 3, the sale is open from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
On Saturday, April 27, and Saturday, May 4, the sale is open from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

All proceeds benefit Cedarcrest FFA and their competition opportunities, as they have been twice been named the FFA Program of the Year in the State of Washington.

Congratulations!
Beyond these mentioned awards and accomplishments, we congratulate all of our FFA students on their hard work in both preparing for and succeeding in competitions across the state. Our Riverview Community is proud of all that Cedarcrest FFA has and continues to accomplish year in and year out. We continue to wish the organization, and its state and national competitors, all the best as they journey through another incredible year.