About Us: Let Happiness Bloom Video wins Grand Prize

Jan. 30, 2018

HCS graduate students, Jaclyn Fiola and Nathan Nordstedt, won the grand prize for the American Floral Endowment's #FlowerLoveVideoContest. Here are Nathan's words on the experience: 

Jaclyn Fiola and I recently won a grand prize for our video promoting the gift of flowers for the American Floral Endowment’s ‘Flower Love Video Contest.’ Last year Jaclyn and I were part of a class project that produced an educational video showcasing research at OARDC. When the announcement for the video contest was released, I thought that it was the perfect opportunity to combine our creative and technical skills again. The point of the video contest was to create a library for floriculture industry members to have access to for their own promotional purposes. Therefore, I had the idea of creating a video showcasing the variety of occasions that you can give flowers for, and the happiness these gifts provide.

For the video, we called upon several graduate students within the college to receive a bouquet of flowers and give us their best candid reaction. Some of the scenes portrayed special occasions like birthdays and graduation, and some of them were ‘just because.’ Once all of the footage was collected, Jaclyn’s expertise in video editing was put to use, and we both worked to make the edits for our final product. We would like to thank graduate students in Horticulture and Crop Science (Yiyun Lin, Eduardo Bernal, Kaylee South, Susie Walden and Andrea Leiva Soto), Entomology graduate student Ashley Yates, and everyone who voted throughout the contest by helping us to ‘Let Happiness Bloom!’

Check out the video here