EDISON — Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools students captured 11 first-place awards and 41 additional ribbons in competitions in 30 categories at the annual New Jersey High School Horticulture Expo at Mercer County College.
The competition included more than 500 students from 28 high schools across the state.
East Brunswick Vo-Tech students won nine firsts, while students in the School of Career Development in Piscataway took two firsts. The competition was sponsored by the New Jersey FFA Association and the state Department of Agriculture.
The East Brunswick winners were sophomore Hector Pena of Carteret; juniors Corey Blake of South Brunswick, Angela Linke of Jamesburg, Sharnette Killings of New Brunswick, Rachel Smith of Old Bridge and Sabrina Wardrop of South River, and seniors Christopher Borrelli of Monroe, Jackie Driskill of Matawan and Chelsea Jones of Metuchen.
The Piscataway winners were seniors Zak Botelho of Colonia and Samantha Soto of Perth Amboy.
East Brunswick Vo-Tech students also received eight second-place ribbons, eight thirds, four fourths and three fifths, while Piscataway School of Career Development students took seven seconds, five thirds, four fourths and two fifths.
The East Brunswick agriscience technology students are taught by Lisa Ann Moschera, and the Piscataway agriculture and ornamental horticulture students are taught by Cindy Von Thun.
“They have so much creative energy,” Moschera said of her students. “They do it all themselves.”
The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, the first vocational school district in the nation, has seven schools on five campuses, in East Brunswick, Edison, Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge. The district will mark its centennial in 2014.
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