HARRISBURG — Southeastern Illinois College served as host of the Annual FFA Section 25 Ag Mechanics Competition. Vocational-technical students from a number of local high schools in southern Illinois competed April 11 in the areas of ag power, carpentry, electricity, surveying and welding.
Ten Section 25 schools — Carmi-White County, Carrier Mills-Stonefort, Eldorado, Gallatin County, Hardin County, Harrisburg, Joppa, Norris City-Omaha-Enfield, Pope County and Vienna — spent the day on SIC’s campus testing their mechanical skills and learning about careers in agriculture. There were 55 student participants present for the event.
The first-place overall team award went to Vienna High School’s FFA chapter. Eldorado High School’s chapter took second place team overall followed by Carmi-White County High School with third. The winning team also received a Snap-on toolset and a four-semester scholarship to be awarded to an FFA member planning to enroll in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program of their choice at SIC.
“It was very exciting to be able to hold this competition after last year’s cancelation due to COVID,” said Ricky Sauls, SIC CTE and Special Projects Coordinator. “It was great to see the students have the opportunity to compete. We had a great turnout, and the competition went very well.”
Placing individually were:
• Ag power — Jake Snell, of Vienna, first; Hunter Patterson, of Carrier Mills-Stonefort, second ; and Creighton Fuerback, of Harrisburg, third.
• Carpentry — Kaden Carter, of Carmi, first; Brody Greer, of Joppa, second; and Briley Lehman, of Vienna, third.
• Electricity — Jaden Conkle, of Hardin County, first; Caleb Johnson, of Vienna, second’ and Caleb Murray, of Eldorado,third.
• Surveying — Sky Keeling of Joppa, first; Jeremy Choat, of Carrier Mills-Stonefort, second; and Ben Flatt, of Hardin County, third.
• Welding — Blake Brown, of Gallatin County, first; Josh Farmer, of Eldorado, second; and Lucas Browning, of Norris City-Omaha-Enfield, third.