Silsbee High School Student Receives Floral Design Scholarship

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You’ve heard of math, science, and writing scholarships, but floral scholarships can be just as competitive.

SILSBEE, Texas — A Silsbee High School student is making her mark in floral design.

You’ve heard of math, science, and writing scholarships, but floral scholarships can be just as competitive.

She’s beaten corporate veterans and wowed national media and she’s just been awarded an exclusive floral design scholarship.

Silsbee High School’s floral program blooms with beautiful floral arrangements and brilliant young florists. One of these florists is heading for a selective retirement in South Carolina.

Heather McMillan is a junior at Silsbee High School and has been in the floral design class since ninth grade.

She competed statewide every school year and achieved top placings, but something special happened this year.

Her teacher, Ms. Champagne, went to floral design school with Ace Berry, star of HBO’s Full Bloom.

When she showed him McMillan’s work, he was impressed and offered her a scholarship to an exclusive floral retreat.

“My jaw dropped to the floor and I couldn’t say a word. And I just looked at Ms. Champagne. I was like, ‘Is he real?’ And he was,” McMillan said.

Since then, McMillan said her life has been a roller coaster with competitions and trying out different design styles.

McMillan’s professor said the retreat welcomes mid-career florists. So the fact that Heather got a spot is a big deal.

McMillan said she was excited and nervous about her upcoming trip. By October, she said she would fundraise to fund her airfare and travel expenses.

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