Eight College of DuPage Horticulture Students Win in Multiple Categories at 2019 ILCA Landscape Design Contest

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By Mike McKissack

College of DuPage Horticulture students earned several top prizes in the 2019 Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Landscape Design Contest for College and High School Students. COD winners recently were recognized at the ILCA Excellence in Landscape Awards Night for their efforts.

COD had multiple finalists at the competition, including Elaina Blankenhagen (Sugar Grove), Ronalyn Irle (Naperville) and David Feltz (Elmhurst), first, second and third place, respectively, in 3D Landscape Design Computer Generated Presentation; Angelynn Martin (Indian Head Park), David Mouthrop (Chicago) and William Bergthold (Glendale Heights), first, third and fourth place, respectively, in College Hand-Drawn Designs; and Pedro Lopez (Glendale Heights) and Gannon Siran (Westmont), third and fourth place, respectively, in College CAD Landscape Plan.

Founded in 1959, the mission of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association 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.

Nationally accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), the Horticulture program at College of DuPage offers Associate in Applied Science degrees in Horticulture, Landscape Contracting and Management, and Sustainable Urban Agriculture, as well as nine specialized certificates, including Landscape Design and Construction, Nursery and Garden Center Management, Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Landscapes. For more information about the Horticulture program at COD, visit cod.edu/academics/programs/horticulture, or contact Brian Clement at clement@cod.edu.

Pictured: front row, left to right: Angelynn Martin, Elaina Blankenhagen,  and Ronalyn Irle. Back row, left to right: William Bergthold, David Feltz, Pedro Lopez and David Moulthrop.