LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Four members of the Mineral County FFA chapter placed seventh in the National FFA Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems Event held during the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2013.
This is the highest finish for any team in the Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems Event (formally called Agricultural Mechanics) for any team representing West Virginia in the 44-year history of the contest.
Team members were: William Woodworth, Timothy Nester, Shelton Lucas, and Gabriel Smith. The team earned the right to compete at the national contest by winning state contest this past June in Morgantown.
This year's contest theme focused on Processing Systems. The skills in this year's contest included: construction of a plumbing station made of wood and metal, troubleshooting a John Deere round baler, ARC Welding, small engine parts ID & pump output rates, solar panel troubleshooting and calculations, wiring an electrical motor, and completing a 25-question exam that focused on STEM based math problems.
Individually, William Woodworth placed sixth overall in the contest and placed first in the ARC Welding exercise. Timothy Nester placed first in the Solar Panel exercise.
All four team members earned National Gold Emblems individually, meaning that they all placed in the top 33 percent of the contest - one of only six teams in the nation to achieve this feat.
By placing seventh in the nation, the team earned a new ARC welder for the Mineral County Technical Center's Agricultural Mechanics Program.
The team was advised by Charles Bennett.