Vernier wanted to make sure other FFA members could experience the joys of growing flowers. She created the role of greenhouse manager, in which she works alongside younger students, offering encouragement and direction.

“Our school greenhouse has just taken off, and we’ve made so much money off of plants that we’ve grown in the greenhouse,” Jenkins says. “It’s just really cool to see Abby taking ownership of what we’re doing; it’s just a neat, full-circle experience.”