Future Leaders Program for Students
Future Leaders Program
New England GROWS is a great place for students to explore all the possibilities and potential available to them in our burgeoning green industry. Involvement with GROWS allows students an exclusive opportunity to gain cutting-edge horticultural knowledge, engage with industry leaders, explore the latest equipment and services, and become familiar with many career options.
The goal of this new program is to introduce new students to all the green industry has to offer while providing an improved framework for their experience at GROWS. We encourage high school groups and individual college students to fully participate in this exciting new program.
GROWS 2017 Future Leader of the Year
Congratulations to Ty Moses of Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield, MA!
Tyiree (Ty) Moses, a horticulture student at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield, Mass. was named the GROWS Future Leader of the Year based on an essay he wrote about his experiences at GROWS that captured the spirit, determination and insight of a Future Leader.
More than 600 high school students from across New England made the trip to Boston November 30 – December 2, 2016 to participate in the Future Leaders program at New England GROWS – a conference and tradeshow that is attended by thousands of green industry professionals every year.
Ty Moses was recognized for his achievement in a ceremony held at R. L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy on May 10, 2017. Virginia Wood, executive director of New England GROWS presented him with the GROWS Future Leader of the Year award in a room filled with family, teachers and administrators cheering him on.
“Simply put, Ty’s essay had heart,” said Ms. Wood. “His words captured the spirit of the green industry perfectly.” She noted that Ty reached beyond his comfort zone to meet as many people as possible at GROWS and he came away with a new sense of possibility. Ms. Wood cited a section of Ty’s winning essay that the judges found particularly inspirational:
I found all of the people to be very nice. Everyone I spoke with was extremely kind, wanting to supply us with information to become as successful as themselves. Some wished us to do even better! When they said that to me, I felt a switch flick on within me, a spark to reach higher than the top, better than the best! It gave me motivation to push forward in this field.
The GROWS Future Leaders program provides high school students with an exclusive opportunity to gain cutting-edge horticultural knowledge, engage with industry leaders, explore the latest equipment and services, and become familiar with many career options.
“New England GROWS is a great place for young people to discover all the possibilities and potential available to them in this growing industry,” said Doug McDuff, a New England GROWS’ board member and owner of Landscape America, Inc. in Wrentham, Mass. “Engaged students make exceptional employees. As business owners, we’re thrilled with the enthusiastic response our Future Leaders program has received from students, parents, instructors and industry members.”
The students’ day began with an orientation session featuring a GROWS-produced video called, “Finding Your Place in the Green Industry.” The session also included guidance from a panel of industry representatives who, along with many other GROWS participants, served as Future Leader Ambassadors.
With Ambassadors’ tips in hand, students fanned out across the exposition and conference to learn all that they could about the green industry in New England. They attended conference sessions, visited with exhibitors, checked out the Career Center, and spoke with industry members to learn more about their potential career path.
After the conference, students were encouraged to write an essay about what they learned from their experience at New England GROWS. Program sponsors and industry leaders reviewed more than 60 submissions, ultimately selecting the top essay written by Ty Moses. Honorarable Mention was given to Natania Defresne of Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington, Mass. and Paige Worden from Essex Agricultural and Technical High School in Danvers, Mass. To read the winning essay in its entirety, click here.
Above: (L) Ty with his proud mother, Diane. (R) Ty with his teacher, Peter Leonard, and GROWS Executive Director, Virginia Wood.
Thanks to our 2016 Sponsors!
Ahronian Landscaping & Design Co.
Barrett Tree Service East
Bartlett Tree Experts
Davey Tree Expert Co.
Landscape America, Inc.
Mountain View Landscapes
NatureWorks Landscape Services
N.D. Landscape Co., Inc.
Paige Landscape Co., Inc.
Tree Tech, Inc.
2016: Angelo Butera of Minuteman High School • Lexington, MA
2015: First Place – Quintin McCartney of Essex Technical High School • Danvers, MA
2015: Honorable Mention – Brenna Christensen of Wamogo Regional High School • Litchfield, CT
2015: Honorable Mention – Kevin Witkum of Essex Technical High School • Danvers, MA
To learn more about New England GROWS and the Future Leaders program, contact Charissa Sharkey at CSharkey@NewEnglandGROWS.org.