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Zongker Finishes 13th At National Horticulture Judging

Posted 10/19/2017

HALSTEAD—Halstead resident Carter Zongker represented Harvey County well at the National Horticulture Identification and Judging Contest two weeks ago, finishing 13th out of about 60 competitors.

“It was better than I thought originally,” she said about her placement. “After the competition I was feeling pretty bad,” The test was really hard, she added.

It was divided into three sections: a written test, an identification portion, and a judging portion of plants based on criteria like condition, quality and uniformity. Zongker said she had one of the highest scores in the judging portion of the test.

“Judging I felt pretty good about when I was done with it,” she said. “The (written) test…a lot of the kids said a lot of the questions didn’t seem to match up with the reading materials, but I thought it was pretty easy.”

She said the most difficult part was the identification section where they were asked to identify plants from across the country off a list of 45 species, whereas at the state level they only had to identify Kansas ones, forcing Zongker to hazard some wild guesses.

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