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Central Mountain FFA takes first place at state convention

PHOTO PROVIDED Members of the Ag Mechanics team are, from left, Carter Simcox, Kyle Hollobaugh, Jason Bechdel, Gauge Wheeler.

MILL HALL — In mid-June students from Central Mountain Future Farmers of America competed at Penn State University against other FFA members from across the state at the annual FFA State Convention.

Central Mountain competed in the Agriculture Mechanics and Forestry Career Development events.

The agriculture mechanics team of Carter Simcox, Kyle Hollobaugh, Gauge Wheeler, and Jason Bechdel placed first in the state as a team. As individuals, Jason placed second, Carter placed fourth, Kyle placed sixth and Gauge placed eighth.

The competition took place over two days.

Students completed a written test, identified tools and parts, repaired a carburetor, calibrated a sprayer, and constructed a project that combined woodworking, welding, and plumbing.

The Ag Team students advanced to the National Competition at the National FFA Convention in October in Indianapolis, Ind.

Meanwhile, the forestry team of Cain Burnell, Michaela Burkey, Madison Force, and Shawna Weaver placed third in the state as a team, with Madison placing fourth and Cain seventh in the individual competitions.

A total of 35 students from 15 schools across the state challenged their technical skills by identifying trees, forest products, and forest pests, interpreting topographical maps, and performing a timber cruise.

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