CASSTOWN — Matthew Osting and Braden Zekas recently competed in the State Agricultural Power Diagnostics (formerly known as Tractor Trouble Shooting) Career Development Event hosted by the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima. Osting and Zekas are both members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter at Miami East High School.
During the contest the team troubleshot two bugs in each of five tractors. They had to identify the problems and fix them in less than 20 minutes. Prior to the contest they took a test over tractor maintenance and repair.
A special appreciation goes to coaches and helpers for the training of the team. The lead coach was Denny Zerkle of Lost Creek Repair. The team also had practice sessions with Jarrett Winner and Family, Apple Farm Service in Covington, Dan Schmeising at Upper Valley Career Technology Center, Koenig Equipment of Greenville, Michael Lawn and Ag of Sidney and Farmers Equipment in Urbana.
The team attended the recognition banquet at the University of Northwestern Ohio and were joined by parents and supporters.
The team placed second in the state out of 15 teams. For their placing, both Osting and Zekas will each receive a $6,000 scholarship to the University of Northwestern Ohio. They also earned a banner for the agriculture classroom.