Tuesday, July 28, 2015

City College of San Francisco "Four Years" Champions


City College of San Francisco

2015 National Student AIFD Champions

Young Joo Pak, Aimee O'Donnell Saunders, Kyung Yun Kim, Jenny Tabarracci AIFD, CFD(Advisor/Instructor), Hee Joo, So Yeon Kim
City College of San Francisco has won the Overall School Award four consecutive years.  This is a tremendous team accomplishment and all students must score high to achieve this great recognition and award. This Student Design Competition is held every year at the AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers) National Symposium.  This year it was held in Denver June 30-July 4, 2015.  The Student AIFD (SAIFD) maintains chapters at 15 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. 

2015 City College of San Francisco SAIFD Competition Team

The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) is the floral industry's leading non-profit organization dedicated to establishing, maintaining and recognizing the highest standard of professional floral design.  AIFD and its worldwide accredited members are at the forefront of the industry in presenting educational design programs and in designing flowers for such renowned events as Tournament of Roses Parade, Academy Awards and Presidential Inaugurations.  Find more information at http://aifd.org/

Members of the AIFD Northwest Region
Awards/Induction Night AIFD Symposium 2015 Denver
The SAIFD competition encourages creativity, resourcefulness and focus while giving real-life experience in a high pressure situation.  The competition is an opportunity for the students to use the floral design skills they are developing in classes.  It's a fantastic learning experience and a place to grow as a student designer. It also provides a similar experience to the process for certification by AIFD or membership in the Institute.

So Yeon and Kyung Yun creating Body Flowers Design

Kyung Yun Body Flowers Design - necklace for a bridesmaid - 45 minutes to complete
So Yeon Body Flowers Design - necklace for a bridesmaid - 45 minutes to complete
Hee Wedding Design - bridal bouquet -1 hour to complete
Hee Arrangement Design - place card table - 1 hour to complete
Hee Duplicate Design - high boy cocktail tables - 1 hour to complete
Aimee O'Donnell Saunders creating Duplication Design
 Aimee Arrangement Design - place card table - 1 hour to complete
 Young Joo creating Duplicate Design 
Young Joo Body Flowers Design - necklace for a bridesmaid. - 45 minutes to complete 
Supplies, Tools and Containers allowed for competition

Each student received the above bucket of materials for their competition  designs.  They were not required to use all the materials.  There were four categories in the competition:  Arrangement for a place card table, Bridal Bouquet for a Wedding, Two identical Duplicate centerpieces for high boy cocktail tables and Body Flowers necklace for bridesmaid.  The Students had 1 hour for each design except the Body Flowers category was 45 minutes.  There was also a People's Choice category which the viewing public had an opportunity to vote for the table with their favorite student designs.
The SAIFD competition judging is technical.  Points are given for the methodological use of color, depth, line, balance, focal emphasis, unity and proportion.  Judges strive to set aside subjective opinions, and give high points for well-executed designs. Points are also awarded for creativity, flawless mechanics (neatness, no glue showing, hiding of support systems, technical skill) and appropriate category interpretation.

Requirements to compete as a Student AIFD:

 1.  Student must be an active, novice member of a good standing SAIFD Chapter.
2.  Each student must provide transcripts showing: 2.0 or higher GPA and completion of 15
     semester units or 22 quarter units.
3.  Students may not have worked full time in a retail/wholesale florist as a  designer
     more than 2 years, or part time more than 3 years.
4.  Student has not competed in National Competition at Symposium for more than
     3 years.
5.  The Student is not registered candidate in the AIFD CFD program.

2014 City College of San Francisco SAIFD Champions - Chicago
Fiona, Kyung, Ineke, Mia, Hee
2013 City College of San Francisco SAIFD Champions - Las Vegas
Imelda, Sungmun, Mia, Ariel, Jenny (Advisor/Instructor), Nicole, Ineke, Oxana

2012 City College of San Francisco SAIFD Champions - Miami
Kanako, Oxana, Imelda, Jenny (Advisor/Instructor), Yumi, Julie
The next Student AIFD competition is in Anaheim California at the AIFD National Symposium July 3 - July 7, 2016.  Hope you get a chance to see all the amazing designs from the student chapters. 

For more information on SAIFD email Jenny Tabarracci AIFD, CFD at jennytab@comcast.net