Members of the Marion-Florence FFA chapter placed eighth at the National Agriculture Technology and Mechanical Systems Career Development Event while at the 87th National FFA Con?vention in Louisville, Ky.
All four members of the team placed in the gold division, which is awarded to the top 25 percent of students in the CDE.
Participants in the contest were required to take a written test and complete five skill activities with activities centered around the event theme of planting systems.
Team members also were required to complete an activity where they had to work together to design a part to fit a diesel engine. They had to: measure, lay out and drill holes; weld a tube in the middle; complete a written report about their research and procedure; and be scored on their ability to work as a team.
Other individual skill activities completed by contestants included troubleshooting a John Deere 1770 planter, setting up a drip irrigation system, complete a three-way switch wiring activity, producing a pipe T weld and troubleshooting a wiring circuit with a multitestor.
Team members from Marion were Nicholas Meyer, Clint Kroupa, Raleigh Kroupa and Bret Voth. They qualified for the national contest by winning the state CDE in May.