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Published 3/5/2004
Local High Schools Compete in Owens Tractor Troubleshooting Contest

Twelve area high schools recently put their knowledge about tractors to the test during competition in the tenth annual FFA District I Tractor Troubleshooting Contest hosted by Owens Community College Twelve area high schools recently put their knowledge about tractors to the test during competition in the tenth 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 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 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 excited to once again serve as host for the Tractor Troubleshooting district competition," said Randy Ratliff, Owens Instructor in the John Deere Program. "Each participating team displayed a high level of knowledge about the agricultural industry, which made for a very exciting day of competition."

The district championship went to Todd Rufenacht and Andrew Spotts from Pettisville High School, while Steve Casey and Matthew Casey (Elmwood High School) and Ryan Zellner and Matthew LaCourse (Eastwood High School) finished tied for second place.

Other students and high schools involved in the competition were Shawn Petersen and Zach Diekman (Genoa High School), Adam Perry and Steve Hobeck (Edgerton High School), Brad Shankster and Joe Hamman (Edon High School), Tyler Hogrufe and Brice Mull (Delta High School), Zach Allen and Ryan Welling (Penta Career Center), Denton Blue and David Mick (Four County Career Center), Matthew Van Vorhis and Dustin Brown (Bowling Green High School), Jon Leaders and James Combs (Ayersville High School) and Kyle Borton and Caleb Bernath (Wauseon High School).

Local businesses donating tractors for the competition are Streacker Tractor Sales of Findlay, Cahrs Tractor Sales Inc. of Wauseon and Holgate Implement Sales Inc. of Holgate.

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 Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay- area Campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio 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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