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SCVTHS Madeline Bates with her winning entry

SCVTHS Agricultural Science sophomore Madeline Bates (Hillsborough) poses for a photo with her winning entry in the Flowering Bulb Plants division.


Seven Agricultural Science students in Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) Club created and prepared flowering plants and permanent flowers for judging at this year’s NJ FFA Horticultural Exposition. This year’s exposition was held at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor on March 11thand 12th. The seven SCVTHS students who competed in the Horticulture Division and Arrangement Divisions, planned and created eight entries, resulting in five students receiving awards for their work.

The SCVTHS students who received recognition are:

  • 1st place for Banquet Table -
    Meghan Caughron of Bridgewater
  • 1st place for Flowering Bulb Plants 
    Madeline Bates of Hillsborough
  • 2nd place for Trendsetters -
    Rigby Pellettiere of Raritan
  • 4th place for Mother's Day -
    Erin O'Brien of Bridgewater
  • 5th place for Terrariums -
    Mariangelis Mitchell-Vargas
    of South Bound Brook

At the event, students from 19 middle and high schools submitted over 600 entries of their best floral and horticultural talent at the New Jersey FFA Horticultural Exposition. Twenty-two industry representatives served as judges throughout the entire event.

“I am so proud of the work, effort, skill development, and creativity students demonstrated to earn awards this year,” said Agricultural Science Instructor Mr. Erik Fargo.  “Competing students are interested in pursuing careers within agricultural art areas including the floral industry and landscape architecture. I am glad they took advantage of this opportunity to practice some of these basic skills.

For more information contact James Strickhart at (908) 526-8900, x7169 .