The Press Newspaper
Twelve area high schools recently put their knowledge of tractors to the test during competition in the 18th annual FFA District I Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics Contest at Owens Community College.
Presented by the College’s Transportation Technologies, the contest involved high school teams, consisting of two students, completing a written examination and five practical skill events 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 top team advances to the state championship competition.
“The participating high schools should be very proud of their students’ efforts as they competed at an extremely high level,” said Tracy Campbell, Owens Chair of Transportation 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.”
The district championship went to Bryan Cajka of Luckey and Adam Wolf of Pemberville (Eastwood), while Ethan Gerken of Defiance and Taylor Wheeler of West Unity (Four County Career Center) finished in second place.
Other local competitors were Coty Dufendock (Oak Harbor), Woodville resident Michael Stewart (Penta Career Center), Joe Phillips (Oak Harbor), Cory Winer (Oak Harbor), Stephen Clark (Genoa), and Seth Dufendock (Genoa).
Other students and schools involved were Codi Bird and Brandon Ordway (Ayersville), Cody Wickerham and Trent King (Edgerton), Poke Harrison and Bill Potter (Otsego), Tom Elgin and Grant Harrison (Elmwood), Aaron Cramer and Henry Apple (Bowling Green), Nathan Betz and Dexter Aeschliman (Pettisville), and Austin Arps and Ross Andre (Wauseon),
Local businesses donating tractors for the competition were Streacker Tractor Sales, Crosby Equipment, Eagle Machinery Inc., Caterpillar Inc., John Deere and Owens Community College.
Owens’ Diesel Technology program offers students the opportunity to pursue either an associate degree or a certificate while preparing them for careers in operations, maintenance, service, testing, diagnosis and development of truck and heavy equipment. Students interested in a career as a professional agricultural equipment service technician can pursue an associate degree through the College’s John Deere Agricultural Technician program. Owens is one of 25 academic institutions in North America, and the only school in Ohio, to offer the John Deere Agricultural Technician program.
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