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First-time entrants win Heaviest Sunflower title at high school science competition

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article image Dow AgroSciences Territory Manager, Rosanna Common with Madeline Kinsley and Taylor Olsen from Glasshouse Country Christian College

The Dow AgroSciences ‘Heaviest Sunflower’ title at the University of Queensland’s annual Sunflower Competition was won by a team of passionate Year 11 students from the newly-introduced agricultural science program at Glasshouse Country Christian College in Beerwah, QLD.

The Glasshouse Country Christian College took out first, second and third place in the category, with flowers weighing in at 2.928kg, 2.676kg, and 2.595kg, respectively, beating a number of other teams to sweep the category for Year 11 and 12 students.

According to Jade King, Senior Agricultural Science Teacher and founder of the new program at Glasshouse College, this is the first year their school has had an agricultural science program, and it has already sparked a lot of passion in their students. The school had initially registered for the competition as a fun project to reinforce plant biology lessons, but as the students measured and observed their sunflowers from week to week, they developed a hunger for knowledge and got really into the project.

Over three months, from February until weigh-in day on 20 May, the student teams cared for their plants during class and took the initiative on their own to investigate different feeding and care methodologies, even turning to the local community for information. Jade said the students were given free rein to research and feed their plants, and they really took the task to heart, visiting local farmers, co-ops and fruit vendors to gather information on best practices for their soil type and climate. After thorough investigation, the students used a combination of fertilizer, seaweed solution and liquid potash for overall health and Lucerne mulch to retain the moisture.

Rosanna Common, Territory Manager for Dow AgroSciences was on hand at the weigh-in day and saw first-hand how the program helped young people see that agricultural science can be interesting and challenging.

Rosanna explains hands-on educational programs inspire students and prepare the next generation of scientists and producers, adding that the Glasshouse College team did remarkably well, especially considering the students have only been recently introduced to the complexities of agriculture and agricultural science.

Coming off their win, the students have a sense of accomplishment and renewed vigour that seems to have spread throughout the Glasshouse Country Christian College. 

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