Joliet Junior College (JJC) received top honors at the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) annual student competition on July 12 in Miami.
JJC student Rebecca Dryer, of Frankfort, received first place for overall designer in the nation and third place for napkin design.
“Becky was in the top ten for each design category. Her designs were very clean
and well executed and that is just what was needed to win the competition,” said Donna
Theimer, JJC professor and department chair of agriculture.
This year, JJC also brought home two additional awards. Denise Pascarella, of Braidwood, placed second in napkin design and third place in bridal bouquet. Tara Walano, of Orland Park, was also a part of the team.
The competition consists of four categories including bridal bouquet, napkin décor, and buffet and sweetheart table arrangement. The students had one hour to create and complete a design in each category.
In addition to the competition, student teams were also invited to take part in designing a national stage program coordinated by Talmage McLauren, editor of “Florists’ Review” magazine.
Each student group was asked to create a floral design representing a set of color palettes. The JJC team designed a floral piece titled “Rural Route,” Theimer said. The design included sunflowers, orange lilies, blue delphinium and red roses.
“The students were very excited to work
alongside Talmage McLauren,” said Theimer. “We all worked together to create the stage piece and a gorgeous product.”