The 2013 HortFert Young Achiever
At Queenstown's June conference our four finalists were put through their paces - Congratulations to Kelly Jean Kerr - 2013's HortFert Young Acheiver
Kelly Jean works at Springvale Garden Centre in Wanganui, where her official role is Senior Sales Assistant/Landscape Designer/weekend Duty Manager. She started employment at Springvale in 2009, providing a landscape design service [she has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Lincoln]. She trained as a sales assistant and eventually became involved with the management of the garden centre. Kelly Jean was a finalist in last year’s competition and has spent the past year upgrading her skills and commenced a National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) in Landscaping. She’d like to do a National Diploma in Horticulture at Royal Botanic Gardens in England and eventually be a store manager of a Springvale Garden Centre in another North Island city.
Our other finalists
Jesse Benjamin [photo]
Hamish McLean [photo]
Ben Jones [photo]
These four now face a full day of competition prior to Conference where they must complete a computer skills exercise, compete in a range of practical tasks, and face an interview with the judges. Then, on the Thursday morning during breakfast they will present a 3 minute speech on a pre-selected topic to Conference delegates. And after all the points are added up, the winner will be announced at the Awards dinner and presented with the HortFert Trophy. We wish them all the very best during the competition.
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