Elmwood FFA trio sweeps top spots, team wins state PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:21
Elmwood FFA senior Casey Heller competes at the district event, which allowed the team to advance and win the state contest. (Photo courtesy of Elmwood FFA)
The Elmwood FFA recently experienced success at the State FFA Ag. Mechanics Skills Career Development event by capturing first place, as the three team members took the top three individual spots.
This was the fourth time in the history of the Elmwood FFA the chapter has been able to have a team participate in the state event. Only the top two teams from each district advance annually to the state finals.
The chapter's team made the trip worthwhile as Casey Heller claimed first place individual honors and earned a $1,000 scholarship to Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI). Right behind was Isaiah Lundquest in second place. Rounding out the team was Jon Shinew in third place out of 63 total contestants.
The competition for the contest took place last Friday, at ATI in Wooster. The 'Skills' event tests students' abilities to complete a variety of mechanical oriented skills that are employed in agriculture. This year's contest required students to complete 11 stations with a time limit of 10 minutes per station.
Examples of skill stations included determining several pieces of information on fastener properties in addition to repairing damaged threads on a fastener, drilling and tapping a hole for a specific size fastener, brazing a T-weld, and performing a variety of electrical tests and measurements.
Team members also had to conduct an extensive array of hydraulic system tests, perform measurements using a micrometer, small hole gage, and dial caliper along with determining wear tolerances for parts, assessing oils and related information, calibrating a torque wrench, and identifying tools and fasteners.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 11:22

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