FFA team places 1st in state contest

From School Reports

Team members of the FFA student leadership organization won first place in the Ag Technology and Mechanical Systems contest at the state FFA competition at Mississippi State University on April 4.

The team includes Colton Harrison, Tyler Ray, Blake Whitehurst and Levi Womack. All are East Webster High School students who are enrolled in Paul Orr’s Ag Power and Machinery at the Webster County Career and Technology Center.

Harrison, Whitehurst, Womack and Ray

Harrison, Whitehurst, Womack and Ray

The competition consisted of a 25-question written exam that tested such topics as electrical engineering, MIG welding, TIG welding, diesel engine maintenance and electric motors. The contest also involved participating in six hands-on events that required team members to individually solve real-life scenarios.

These scenarios involved (1) determining how much profit would be made from various crops on various acreage; (2) wiring electrical circuits; (3) determining engine horsepower and welding specifications; (4) identifying tractor parts; (5) identifying a tractor’s implement and it’s correct part number in the manual; and (6) fabricating a metal bracket to repair a disk and measuring bolt diameters and grades as well as wrench sizes.

These four students advance to the National FFA competition in Louisville, Ky,. on Oct. 29-Nov. 1.