DACC Ag Students Each Win $6,000 in Scholarships

March 11, 2015

On March 6th, Joe Schultz and Colton Garrison each finished the statewide Agricultural Industrial Diagnostics Systems competition $6,000 richer.

The two Delaware Area Career Center Power Sports and Diesel Technology seniors took first place at the district level, earning them the right to compete at the statewide competition where they took second place.

The $6,000 they each earned is coming to them in the form of scholarship money to the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH). Both Joe and Colton plan to attend UNOH and focus their studies on Agricultural Technology. Colton would like to someday start his own farm after growing up on the family farm. Joe plans to take over his grandfather's farm that he has been working on for many years.

The competition required competitors to diagnose two bugs on a piece of equipment and fix them in under 20 minutes. According to Joe and Colton, the biggest challenge was having a diverse set of skills and knowing how to navigate through the information and resources available to them. Between the district and state competitions, their knowledge was tested on combines, skid steers, loaders, sprayers, semis trucks, tractors, and loaders from various brands.

To prepare for the competition, Joe and Colton didn't rely on just the resources available to them in the DACC Power Sports classroom. They worked with an area farmer to take a look at different types of equipment and the possible issues that could arise.

We are very proud of these students and we wish them well at the University of Northwestern Ohio. UNOH is about to get two very hardworking and dedicated students.