Marion FFA team takes 1st in mechanical CDE

Students from Marion High School earned first place in the South Central District Agriculture Mechanical and Technical Systems Career Develop­ment Event Monday, April 4, at McPherson High School.

The central theme of the contest was combine harvesting systems. Contestants were required to complete several tests and practicums over related activities.

Some of the activities included reading and interpreting electrical wiring diagrams, identifying parts and using the “Go Harvest” app for a John Deere combine, completing a shielded metal arc welding exercise, a small engine measuring and tool ID exercise, a grain harvest loss practicum, a written test, and a team activity which involved constructing an engine mount.

Individually for Marion, Peyton Ensey placed first overall, Ethan Hinton third, Antone Vinduska fifth and Caleb Hett eighth. Also competing for Marion was Stevan Schafers.