ASHVILLE — Three members of the East Knox FFA recently competed in the District 7 FFA Outdoor Power Equipment (formerly known as Small Engines) Career Development Event held at Teays Valley High School near Ashville. Sean Magers, Jacob McCarty and Dalton Phillis placed third in the six-county District 7 event. Individually, Sean Magers placed seventh in the competition.
The top two teams from each of Ohio’s 10 FFA districts advanced to the state competition at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster on April 24. The top two individuals also advance to the state contest and compete for individual awards if not part of the top two teams.
The Outdoor Power Equipment competition is a hands-on event where students perform various shop skills. In the contest, students had to complete a fuels and oils exercise, identify engine tools and parts, perform a dial caliper practicum, measure and find specifications for valve clearances, find engine specifications in manuals, and complete a small engine troubleshooting station. In addition they completed an online test prior to the hands-on portion of the event.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Career Development Event is an educational activity designed to increase student knowledge and skill in the area of mechanics.