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Published 3/4/2005

Local High Schools Compete in Owens Tractor Troubleshooting Contest

Penta Career Center students' (left to right) Andy Schwandner of Swanton and Kyle Martin of Gibsonburg test their problem solving techniques during Owens' Tractor Troubleshooting Contest. Ten area high schools recently put their knowledge about tractors to the test during competition in the 11th 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. The top team advances to the State Championships, March 10-11.

"Owens Community College is excited to once again serve as host for the Tractor Troubleshooting district competition," said Tracy Campbell, Owens Chair of Transportation Technologies. "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 Bill Casey and Matt Casey of Elmwood High School, while Andrew Spotts and John Bruner (Pettisville High School) finished in second place.

Other students and high schools involved in the competition and their order of finish were Tom Schuette and Emery Detray (Four County Career Center), Jon Leaders and Zach Mutchler (Ayersville High School), Nate Heller and Mitch Zulch (Edon High School), Andy Schwandner and Kyle Martin (Penta Career Center), Andrew Sander and Kurt Wolff (Genoa High School), Dustin Brown and Andrew Cramer (Bowling Green High School), Tyler Hogrefe and Jim Lair (Delta High School) and Gene Palmer and Adam Warnecke (Anthony Wayne High School).

Local businesses donating tractors for the competition were Streacker Tractor Sales of Findlay, Crosby Equipment of Toledo and Holgate Implement Sales Inc. of Holgate.

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 Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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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