Elmwood FFA ties for top spot in Tractor Troubleshooting contest PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 23 February 2013 09:38
Elmwood FFA members Casey Heller (left) and Jon Shinew trouble shoot a tractor during annual FFA District I tractor troubleshooting competition held Friday at Owens. They tied with Woodmore for the top score in the event. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Seven area high schools put their knowledge of tractors to the test on Friday during competition in the 20th annual FFA District I Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics Contest at Owens Community College.
The Elmwood FFA team members tied with Woodmore for the top spot with matching 278 scores.
Normally only one team advances to the state and organizers are seeking advice to see if two teams can advance or what the tie-breaking procedure would be.
Representing Elmwood were Casey Heller of Bloomdale and Jon Shinew of Rudolph. Woodmore's team consisted of Hunter Haar and Jacob Rothert, both of Elmore.
Presented by the college's Transportation Technologies, the contest involved high school teams, consisting of two students, completing various testing to determine their expertise of tractors. As part of the practical skills competition, teams were required to locate, identify and repair a malfunction on a specified tractor donated for the event.
A panel of 10 judges, comprising industry representatives and Owens Transportation Technologies faculty, graded each high school in the areas of workmanship as a team, safety practices, problem-solving techniques and identification, and repair of malfunctions to determine a district champion. Additionally, students within the College's Transportation Technologies assisted with the competition.
"The participating high schools should be very proud of their students' efforts as they competed at an extremely high level," said Jim Gilmore, Owens chair of Diesel and Welding Technologies.
"This year's competition was difficult. However, the students once again rose to the challenge and certainly showcased their knowledge and skills specific to the agricultural industry. Owens Community College is honored to collaborate with high schools throughout the region and provide a venue for such an exciting day of competition."
Penta Career Center's team finished third. It consisted of Marshall Kohl of Perrysburg and Tanner Engle of Bowling Green. Otsego's team finished fifth, with Bowling Green finishing in seventh.
Local businesses donating tractors for the competition were Streacker Tractor Sales, Crosby Equipment, Eagle Machinery Inc., Caterpillar Inc., John Deere and Owens Community College.

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