We are pleased to announce this year's recipient of the Kirk's Lawn Care Excellence in Horticulture Award, Rylie Hannis. She received a $500.00 check, a personal plaque and her name added to the perpetual plaque that is hung on the walls of the Owen J. Roberts High School. Rylie plans to study Horticulture/Plant Science at Penn State. She participated in the school's horticulture program all 4 years and was also the president of the horticulture club. She is passionate about plants, sustainable agriculture, and soils. She has been an exemplary student and a great role model to others. We would like to wish Rylie the best of luck with her future endeavours.
Kirk, owner of Kirk's Lawn Care and OJR horticulture program alumnus, created an annual scholarship award and is designated for a student who has participated in the horticulture program and has displayed an exemplary attitude and extraordinary skill development. The horticulture program teaches students on various topics such as landscape design and installation, plant, weed and pest identification, plant propagation and floral design. The program is also very hands on with students maintaining school landscapes and growing flowers in the on-site greenhouse that are then planted around campus. This program is very unique to OJR with most other districts not offering this elective option.
The program contributed to much of the passion and knowledge Kirk used to grow Kirk's Lawn Care. He was also the vice president of the horticulture club while taking the program.