Miller FFA Ag Mechanics team places at National Convention

Posted November 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

Louisville, Ky. was flooded with a sea of blue jackets October 30 through November 2. More than 60,000 FFA members from across the nation gathered for the 86th National FFA Convention.

Miller’s Ag Mechanics team was among the teams in competition. Each team in the event had competed with other chapters in their state for the privilege of participating in the national event.

The national Ag Mechanics CDE allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Activities included in the event are a written exam, a team event, demonstration of problem-solving skills, and hands-on performance activities.

Areas of emphasis include environmental and natural resource systems, machinery and equipment systems, structural systems, energy systems and electrical systems.

Winners of the National FFA Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems (Ag Mechanics) Career Development Event (CDE) were announced November 1 at the annual awards banquet.

Miller’s team placed 19th, which is the Silver Emblem category. Placing individually were: Nathan Bertsch, 30th, Gold Emblem category; Paul Waring, 55th, Gold Emblem category; and Trent Steptoe and Tanner Cain placed in the Silver Emblem category.

The Ag Mechanics event is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention and Expo, in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agricultural education classes.