PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Seven area high schools recently put their knowledge of tractors to the test during competition in the 20th 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 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.”
The district championship went to Casey Heller of Bloomdale and Jon Shinew of Rudolph (Elmwood H.S.) accompanied by their teacher Ed Feasel.
Other students and high schools involved in the competition and their order of finish were: Hunter Haar of Elmore and Jacob Rothert of Elmore (Woodmore H.S.) accompanied by their teacher Adam Downs, Marshall Kohl of Perrysburg and Tanner Engle of Bowling Green (Penta Career Center) accompanied by their teacher Steve Schumm, Austin Arps of Wauseon and Austin Wagner of Wauseon (Wauseon H.S.) accompanied by their teacher Mick Weber, Bill Potter of Grand Rapids and Ben Thomas of Grand Rapids (Otsego H.S.) accompanied by their teacher Debbie Ayers, Pete Thieroff of Ayersville and Brian Vogel of Ayersville (Ayersville H.S.) accompanied by their teacher Don Hammersmith, and Henry Apple of Bowling Green and Thomas Foos of Bowling Green (Bowling Green H.S.) accompanied by their teacher Stephanie Conway.
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 21 academic institutions in North America, and the only school in Ohio, to offer the John Deere Agricultural Technician program.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.