Courtesy of the National FFA Organization
Winners of the National FFA Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Dr. Mark Zidon from the University of Wisconsin -Platteville served as superintendent of the event.
The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. This CDE, and all the cash awards, are sponsored by Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Caterpillar Inc., Darling Ingredients and Firestone Agricultural Solutions.
The National FFA Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Activities included in the event are a written exam, a team event, demonstration of problem-solving skills, and hands-on performance activities. Areas of emphasis include environmental and natural resource systems, machinery and equipment systems, structural systems, energy systems and electrical systems. Each team in the event has competed with other chapters in their state for the privilege of participating in the national event.
The event, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agricultural education classes.
Top Placing Teams
1st Place– Missouri Grant Coe, Youssef Fransis, Kirby Latimer, and Mason Uhlmeyer, all of North Shelby FFA
2nd Place– Illinois Austin Friedman, Ty Zimmerman, Chase Leman, and Evan Young, all of Prairie
3rd Place– California Devan Gomes, Landon Rocha, Trenton Soares, and Tyler Pimentel, all of Hilmar FFA
4th Place– Texas Trey Ivey, Wyatt Lykins, Samuel Packer, and Rylan Cates, all of Bangs FFA
5th Place– North Carolina Kevin Melton, Alton Warren, Lane Warren, and Parker Edwards, all of Enka FFA
6th Place– North Dakota Levi Schwab, Jacob Bear, Brady Carlson, and Gavin Reinke, all of Lisbon FFA
7th Place– Iowa Gabe Knobloch, Blake Meyer, Lucas Moser, and Tyren Ulmer, all of West Lyon FFA
8th Place– Washington Chad Nunamaker, Gus Roelof, Jose Malave, and Hailey Gallatin, all of Meridian FFA
9th Place– Ohio JUSTIN PUTHOFF, Blake Holthaus, James Keller, and Austin Bollheimer, all of Fort Loramie- UVCC FFA
10th Place– Nevada John Cashell, Cody M Fowers, Evan D Carlon, and Kaden T Syme, all of Silver Sage FFA
Top Placing Individuals
1st Place– Youssef Fransis of North Shelby FFA , MO
2nd Place– Kirby Latimer of North Shelby FFA , MO
3rd Place– Mason Uhlmeyer of North Shelby FFA , MO
4th Place– Grant Coe of North Shelby FFA , MO
5th Place– Levi Schwab of Lisbon FFA , ND
6th Place– Tyler Pimentel of Hilmar FFA , CA
7th Place– Sam Droesch of Crater FFA , OR
8th Place– Ty Zimmerman of Prairie Central FFA , IL
9th Place– Garrett Morgan of White County FFA , GA
10th Place– Evan Young of Prairie Central FFA , IL