Woodland floral teams finish first and second in competition

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Woodland — Woodland High School’s Floral Design teams swept the Floral Design Institute’s FloraChopped competition held in Portland on Sept. 29, taking first and second place to earn $4,800 in scholarships.

The competition is inspired by “Chopped,” and each individual member of the team was assigned specific projects using supplies kept hidden until the start of the round. Students had to create footballs, corsages and crowns.

Mary Ellen Vetter has taught horticulture and floral design courses for Woodland High School since 1985, showing students everything from how to grow plants to retail sales including pricing, budgeting and inventory.

Woodland High School will host a floral design competition on Saturday with more than 100 students from around Washington.

The students who made up Woodland’s two teams were Kylee Jones, junior, Jacob Laddusaw, senior, Jennifer Parkhill, senior, Glorianna Raney, senior, Samantha Ripp, junior, and Vanessa Sills, senior.