Brisa Gomez: "The Floral Design Clinic was amazing and so much fun!" Leslie Botello: "We got to meet new people and learned how to design flower arrangements - it was a great experience!"
Dalton High School FFA members, sophomores Brisa Gomez and Leslie Botello, attended the statewide FFA Floral Design Career Development Event, held at the GA FFA/FCCLA Center with FFA Advisory and Agricultural Teacher C.J. Little. The two-day training was developed specifically for FFA members and FFA advisors to strengthen their floral design skills, as well as build confidence in their own creative ability.
Gomez said the clinic was "amazing and so much fun." Botello agreed. "We got to meet new people and learned how to design flower arrangements - it was a great experience," she said.
The training was led and sponsored by members of the Georgia State Florist Association, along with generous donations from many floral companies across the nation. The partnership between the middle and high school agricultural programs and the Georgia State Florist Association plays a fundamental role in preparing students through hands on experiences for future careers in the floral industry.
This year's State Floral Design Training participants were divided into four groups. Sessions were developed for beginners and those who are more advanced at both the junior (6th - 9th grade) and senior (10th - 12th grade) levels. These specialized sessions allowed students more individual attention so that they may hone their designing skills in a particular area. Beginner's sessions were for students new to floral design and focused on basic floral skills. Advanced sessions allowed students to move at a faster pace, while designing more freely using skills taught in years past.
On September 28, the students will travel to Cass High School in Cartersville where Gomez will compete in the Senior Floral Design, and Botello will compete at the Junior level in the North Region, Area 1 Career Development Event. This Floral Design Career Development Event will allow students to showcase their talents in a competitive environment by utilizing principles and elements of design, such as balance, proportion, scale, harmony, etc.