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Published 5/1/03
Owens Community College Hosts FFA District I Tractor Troubleshooting Contest

Thirteen area high schools recently put their knowledge about tractors to the test during competition in the ninth annual FFA District I Tractor Troubleshooting Contest hosted by Owens Community College.

Sponsored by the College's John Deere Agricultural Technician Program, the contest involved each high school team, consisting of two students, completing a written examination and five practical skill events to determine their expertise of tractors. As part of practical skill competition, teams were required to locate, identify and repair a malfunction on a specified tractor donated for the event.

A panel of 11 judges, comprising Owens students from the John Deere Agricultural Technician and Diesel Technician programs, 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.

"Owens Community College is honored to once again serve as the host for the Tractor Troubleshooting district competition," said Randy Ratliff, Owens Instructor in the John Deere Program. "Each participating team showed a high level of knowledge about the agricultural industry, which made for a very exciting day of competition."

The district championship went to David Spotts and Todd Rufenacht from Pettisville High School, while Marshall Thiel and Craig Wehrle (Edon High School) were named runners up. Tyler Gerken and Bob Kruse (Ayersville High School) finished in third place.

Other students and high schools involved in the competition were George Bly and Clint Warner from Anthony Wayne High School, Matt Van Vorhis and Grant Chamberlain from Bowling Green High School, Jason Howard and Josh Doughty from Delta High School, Garett Vetter and Ryan Zellner from Eastwood High School, Steve Casey and Kalen Bankey from Elmwood High School, Denton Blue and David Mick from Four County Career Center, Dustin Meyers and Levi Schaffner from Hilltop High School, Scott Gerken and Keith Rood from Patrick Henry High School, Zach Allen and Joe Mareches from Penta Career Center and Brian Yeager and Joe Yeager from Sylvania Southview High School.

Local businesses donating tractors for the competition were Streacker Tractor Sales of Findlay, Eagle Equipment of Portage and Holgate Implement Sales Inc. of Holgate. This year's competition was held in Owens' Transportation Technologies Center.

Owens' Diesel Technology Program offers students the opportunity to pursue either an associate's 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's degree through the College's John Deere Agricultural Technician Program.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering 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.


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