Left to Right: Christina Beason, Kelsey Schaplowsky, Taya Maxson, Ashley Chandler, Cloey Jones, and Jacob Weber.
BY JACOB WEBER:
Horticulture Agent, Wildcat Extension District
The Wildcat Extension District’s horticulture judging team traveled to the National Junior Horticulture Association (NJHA) Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The event took place at the Hilton St. Louis Airport hotel convention center on Oct. 5 – 8, 2018.
The Wildcat team took part in a variety of workshops and tours to the Missouri Botanical Gardens and the Gateway Arch. They competed in the 4-H division of the horticulture judging contest taking 3rd place in the national contest. The Wildcat District team members are Cloey Jones, Ashley Chandler, Taya Maxson, and Kelsey Schaplowsky; Christina Beason, team coach, and Jacob Weber, Wildcat District Horticulture agent advisor accompanied the team to St. Louis.
NJHA holds its convention during the first weekend of October at a different host city each year. A diverse group of projects and activities covering all areas of horticulture are offered at the annual meeting. Convention events include contests in the horticultural demonstrations, public and extemporaneous speaking, and horticulture judging and identification; photography exhibition; and evaluation of projects in environmental awareness, experimental horticulture, and marketing. Additionally, workshops and tours of local horticulture industries and local points of interest are scheduled.
Youth who attend a National Junior Horticultural Association annual convention must be at least 15 yrs. but not over 22 yrs. old by Dec. 31st of that year’s convention. Additionally, youth ages
5 yrs. to 14 yrs. old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The 2019 NJHA convention will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel from Oct. 11 – 14, 2019.