Announcing the Winners of the 2008 Hooked On Hydroponics Awards

By Michael Metallo


Donna Booska National Gardening Association (800) 538-7476, Ext. 115 E-mail:

Charlie Watson The Grow Store (303) 205-0350 E-Mail:

Announcing the Winners of the 2008 Hooked On Hydroponics Awards

South Burlington, VT (January 6, 2009) – The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 Hooked on Hydroponics Awards, sponsored by the Grow Store in conjunction with Progressive Gardening. Thanks to the generosity of these retailers and manufacturers, 36 schools across the country now have hydroponics equipment for use in educational projects that enrich the entire curriculum. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water containing dissolved nutrients.

"The creativity and innovation expressed in this year's applications is impressive," says Mike Metallo, president of NGA. "These educators are clearly committed to giving their students learning experiences that have real relevance, whether they are modeling a closed-loop, sustainable lunar-station food garden; investigating plants' response to environmental changes; or launching an urban agriculture project."

Congratulations to the twelve elementary schools, sixteen middle schools, and eight high schools that received hydroponics equipment packages. The retail value of these systems ranges from $360 to $1,100. Here are the winners in each category:

High Schools:

Flushing International High School, Flushing, NY;

San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara, CA;

Bushnell-Prairie City CUSD #170, Bushnell, IL;

Haddon Township High School, Westmont, NJ;

High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ;

Decorah Community School District, Decorah, IA;

Central Cove FFA/Central High School, Martinsburg, PA;

Middlesex High School, Saluda,VA;

Middle Schools:

Longfellow Spanish Language Immersion School, San Diego, CA;

Lifeskills Suspension Program, Tucson, AZ;

Allen Middle School, Camp Hill;

Oregon State Univ. Ext. Service – SCP, Salem, OR;

East Lake Academy of Fine Arts, Chattanooga, TN;

Elwyn Davidson School, Elwyn, PA;

Speake School/Agriscience & FFA, Danville, AL;

Waterville Junior High School, Waterville, ME;

The International School for Liberal Arts, Bronx, NY;

Yolo Middle School, Newman, CA;

LEARN Charter School, Chicago, IL;

Macon Area Vocational Technical School, Macon, MO;

Redwood Middle School, Napa, CA;

Charlotte-Mceklenburg Schools/Bailey Middle School, Cornelius, NC;

Cornell Coop. Ext. of Greene County, Acra, NY;

Powhatan Jr. High School, Powhatan, VA;

Friends School of Wilmington, Wilmington, NC.

Elementary Schools:

Cougar Creek Elementary, Arlington, WA;

West Philadelphia Achievement CES, Philadelphia, PA;Quitman Elementary School, Quitman, TX;

Polton Elementary Community School, Aurora, CO;

Tustin Memorial Academy, Santa Ana, CA;

Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory, Phoenix, AZ;

South Shore Charter Public School, Norwell, MA;

Parma Learning Center, Parma, ID;

Pratt Community Center, Minneapolis, MN;

Summerfield Elementary School, Neptune, NJ;

Briarlake Elementary School/Science Club, Decatur, GA;

Atha Road Elementary School, Monroe, GA.

About The Grow Store

The Grow Store provides hydroponics supplies an expertise to customers via their Online store and Colorado retail locations. The company is passionate about the technology and sharing its benefits with students and the general public. Please visit them online at

About Progressive Gardening

Progressive Gardening is an earth-friendly and water-wise garden supply retailer. Their website, was created to keep you abreast of the latest gardening techniques, supplies, and equipment so that everyone can reap the numerous benefits, including increased yields, reduced need for pesticides, food safety, water conservation and more. Please visit them online at

About National Gardening Association

Founded in 1973, NGA is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning Web sites and newsletters, grants and curricula for youth gardens, and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA's mission is to advance the personal, community, and educational benefits of gardening by supporting gardeners and teachers with information and resources. To learn more, please visit /.


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