Marion FFA members place at district contests


Students from Marion High School competed in three FFA South Central District Agricul­ture Technology Management career development events April 4 at Hutchin­son.

The contest was sponsored jointly by HCC Ag Power division and the Hutchinson Community College Welding department.

Contestants were required to complete numerous tests and practicums over grain handling and welding.

Some of the individual activities included identifying parts on a grain cart, completing a mig welding exercise and taking written tests over the theme area and on mig welding.

Team activities included troubleshooting and adjusting a small gas engine, reading and interpreting an owner’s manual and troubleshooting a problem on a grain cart.

Marion’s A-team placed first overall in the South Central District contest with Aaron Molleker receiving first place, Nick Meyer receiving fourth and Clark Kroupa 10th in the individual competition.

Marion’s B-team placed fourth in that division with Alicia Maloney placing fifth in individual competition.

Jacob Cope, Molleker, Meyer and Kroupa were on the A-team for Marion. The B-team included Maloney, Clint Kroupa and Tyler Wildin.

Livestock CDE—Students from Marion High School competed in the South Central District Livestock Evaluation career development event April 4 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

Marion placed 12th and 13th in the Greenhand division of the contest. Students were required to evaluate and place eight classes of cattle, sheep and swine. They also had to prepare and present two sets of oral reasons.

Students competing from Marion included Seth Snelling, Raleigh Kroupa, Trevor Kruse, Bret Voth, Dylan Carpenter, Kyle Palic, Derrick Ratzloff, Brad Stone and Adam Janzen.

Entomology CDE—Students from Marion competed in the invitational entomology CDE Apr. 4. Marion’s team placed seventh in the invitational.

Students were required to identify 50 insect samples and take a written test to compete in this event.


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