DACC Landscape Team Places 4th in State of Ohio

February 1, 2013

On January 15th, a team of junior and senior Delaware Area Career Center Landscape and Turfgrass Management students travelled to the Columbus Convention Center to compete in FFA competition and placed fourth overall in the state.

The competition began with an online exam covering general landscape knowledge and safety. The second portion of the contest required the students to identify 125 different deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, as well as annuals and perennials using both common and scientific (Latin) terms. They also had to identify weeds, insects and pests, as well as diseases and disorders of trees, shrubs, and turf. supplies and equipment related to the landscape industry. The hands-on portion of the competition in March will involve installing sod, planting trees, and operating heavy machinery with a high level of precision.

According to DACC’s Landscape and Turfgrass Management Instructor, Gary Kessler, “Success is motivation.  The students finished third last year in the competition, the next day they set a goal of improving their placing this year. The returning seniors that competed last year worked extremely hard to prepare for this years competition and that rubbed off on the new students in the lab.”

Four students from the DACC team will be going on to compete in the Finals at Tolles Career and Technical Center in March. The team is made up of the top three scoring students, Erin Lockwood who earned 6th place in her personal score, Jake Norman who earned 29th place, and Brad Krueger who earned 30th place. The fourth spot on the team will be determined by a class competition. “They have to earn their spot on the team,” said Kessler. “Their class competition is made up of what they will be asked to do at the Final Event at Tolles, so it’s great practice for them.”

Erin Lockwood, Brandi Rohr, Jake Norman, Joe Scheiderich, and Brad Krueger participated in this competition last year as juniors and are returning with high expectations of themselves. “Last year, we came just to experience it and have fun,” shared Erin. “Then we made it on to the Regionals in Massachusetts, so we know to expect more of ourselves this time.” Brandi added that she could really tell a difference in how well they competed since it’s their second year.

First time competitor, Coty Piper, was surprised by the outcome. “I didn’t expect our team to do that well, but I’m excited to see how far we can get in the competition.”

The entire Landscape team was made up of:
Kyle Burk, Olentangy
Erin Lockwood, Olentangy Liberty
Coty Piper, Big Walnut
Brandi Rohr, Buckeye Valley
Jake Norman, Buckeye Valley
Megan Niemela, Olentangy Orange
Joe Scheiderich, Westerville South
Brad Krueger, Buckeye Valley

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