Horticulture Students Receive ILCA Honors
By Jennifer Duda
The following College of DuPage Horticulture students were recently recognized at the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Excellence in Landscape Awards Night for their efforts in the annual ILCA 2017 Landscape Design Contest for College and High School Students sponsored by the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association and College of DuPage.
Winners in the 3D Landscape Design Computer Generated Presentation from College of DuPage include Eric Groh, First Place,Oak Brook, (link to video presentation); Joe Christian, Second Place, Hinsdale, (link to video presentation); and Linda Slepicka, Third Place, Westmont (link to video presentation).
College CAD Landscape Plan winners from College of DuPage include Zachary Michnick, First Place, West Chicago; Jomarie Avino, Second Place, Downers Grove.
College Hand-Drawn winners from College of DuPage include Shirlee Berman, First Place, Chicago; Andrea Sorensen Hamler, Fourth Place, Wheaton; and Bridget Smith, Sixth Place, Westmont.
"The ILCA's annual awards banquet showcases the best student landscape designs in Illinois," said Brian Clement, COD Horticulture instructor and Chairperson of the competition. "Our landscape design students performed extremely well at this prestigious state competition and we are very proud of their accomplishments and work."
The objectives of the ILCA State Landscape Design contest are to provide an educational and career development competitive exercise for students interested in landscape architecture or design; to provide an opportunity for high school and college students to become involved in a horticulture career development activity; and to further stimulate interest in landscape architecture, maintenance and construction, nursery production, and to push overall the "green industry."
Founded in 1959, the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association's mission is to enhance the professionalism and capabilities of members by providing leadership, education and valued services while promoting environmental awareness within the landscape industry. ILCA employs a wide variety of means to fulfill its mission, including the ILCA Institute, seminars, workshops, publications, trade shows, awards, networking, scholarship grants and social events. A non-profit trade association with more than 800 member companies, ICLA serves as a forum for the free exchange of ideas among landscape contractors, their suppliers and the government, working together for a greener, more beautiful Illinois.
For more information about the Horticulture Program at College of DuPage, visit www.cod.edu/programs/horticulture, or contact Brian Clement at email@example.com or call (630) 942-2526. The program is a nationally accredited program by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).
Pictured (left to right): Andrea Sorensen Hamler (Wheaton), Bridget Smith (Westmont), Shirlee Berman (Chicago) and Eric Groh (Oak Brook).
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