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Teague FFA to compete at State Tractor contest

TEAGUE HIGH SCHOOL FFA placed 3rd in the Area 8 Texas FFA Association Tractor Technician Career Development Event at Texas State Technical College in Waco. The team qualified to advance to the State FFA tractor competition in March at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Teague team members are (l to r) Cole Smith, Will Allison, Dillon McAdams, and Colton Gore.

The Teague FFA Ag Mechanics Team qualified to advance to the State FFA tractor competition in March at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo after placing third in Area 8 Competition in Waco on February 8th.

Texas State Technical College?s Diesel Equipment Technology program hosted the Texas FFA Association Tractor Technician Career Development Event involving seven high school teams from North and Central Texas.

Teague FFA team members include Cole Smith, 16, junior; Will Allison, 18, senior; Dillon McAdams, 18, senior; and Colton Gore, 18, senior.

Finishing in first place in Area 8 was Academy High School in Bell County and finishing in second place was Frost High School in Navarro County.

Teams of three students took a written test, did a parts identification test and troubleshot John Deere and Kubota tractors donated for the competition by Brazos Valley Equipment and Tipton International, both in Waco. Students drove the tractors once the teams found and fixed the problems.

TSTC?s Diesel Equipment Technology program instructors and students created the problems the high school students found in the tractors and served as contest judges.

John Bufford, 21, a TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology - Off-Highway Specialization major from Cleburne scheduled to graduate in May, said he enjoyed working with the high school students.

?It?s a pretty fun event,? Bufford said. ?I was surprised the students came in and started the tractors up.?

John Goebel, a TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology instructor and event organizer, said he wanted the high school students to learn about tractor models and consider the technical college in their academic future. He said several current DET students were in FFA in high school.

TSTC offers Diesel Equipment Technology at the Waco, Fort Bend County, Marshall, North Texas and Sweetwater campuses.

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