Students from Marion High School competed in four South Central District Agriculture Technology Management Career Development Events on Tuesday, April 16 at the state fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
The contests, part of the Hutchinson Community College Aggie Days, were in the areas of agricultural technology, livestock, veterinary sciences and entomology.
Ag technology—Marion’s A-team placed first overall in the contest, which was sponsored jointly by the ag power division and the welding department at HCC.
Aaron Molleker received first place individually, Clint Kroupa second, Nick Meyer third and Jacob Cope fourth.
Contestants were required to complete written tests and practicums over grain handling and welding. Individual activities included identifying parts on a feed mixer wagon, completing a mig welding exercise and identifying small engine parts.
Team activities included troubleshooting and adjusting a small gas engine, reading and interpreting an owner’s manual and troubleshooting problems with AC electrical circuits.
Marion placed third in the B-team division with Bret Voth, Seth Snelling and Dylan Carpenter all placing among the top 10 in individual competition.
Livestock—Marion placed second in the Greenhand (freshmen) division. Students were required to evaluate and place eight classes of cattle, sheep and swine. They also had to prepare and present three sets of oral reasons.
Dylan Pippin placed sixth and Elizabeth Meyer ninth in the individual competition. Also competing from Marion were Nicholas Stuchlik, Remington Putter, Cody Parmley, William Adame, Kayla Kroupa, Jacob Smith and Morgan Radtke.
Veterinary science—Marion students placed fourth as a team in this competition. Aaron Molleker placed second individually.
Participants were required to identify 50 samples of veterinary equipment, animal breeds or parasites. They also completed a written test and practicum activity along with a scenario over a situation from a veterinary clinic.
Also competing from Marion were Brody Carroll, Ericka Herzet and Zac Lewman.
Entomology—Marion’s team placed 11th in the invitational CDE. Students were required to identify 50 insect samples and take a written test to compete in this event.