Wooster, OH—The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association welcomed approximately 150 high school students from across Ohio for the first annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics (OHLO) on November 3 and 4 at OSU ATI in Wooster, Ohio.
Ohio high schools and career centers with horticulture programs were invited to participate in OHLO, an educational competition where students interested in careers in the green industry can test their hands-on skills.
Competitive events included planting and design, installation of hardscape materials such as a paver patio, irrigation assembly, truck and trailer operation, compact excavator operation, skid steer operation, plant identification and cost estimating and sales presentation. Students will be judged individually and as teams by representatives from Ohio landscaping companies.
Students from 17 schools competed in ten events in the afternoon on Thursday, November 3 and throughout the day on Friday, November 4.
OHLO 2016 began with a pizza party on Thursday afternoon to welcome the students. A career exploration event with more than 25 companies gave students the opportunity to meet with green industry leaders and learn more about careers available to them in the industry.
The event ended with an awards ceremony on Friday afternoon.
DACC Competitors included:
Chelsie Collins - Buckeye Valley
Ty Pennington - Big Walnut
Kaleb Snyder - Westerville
Nathan Zimdars - Olentangy
Christian Meehan - Worthington Kilbourne
Overall the team finished 7th out of 17
Individually, Kaleb Snyder finished 11th out of 150
Ty Pennington was 12th out of 150
Ty Pennington and Nathan Zimdars received silver medals in truck and trailer operation
Ty Pennington Received silver in skid steer loader operation.
Kaleb Snyder received a perfect score of 100 in compact excavator operation, but just missed out on the medal stand on the tiebreaker.