FFA Club News 11-22-10 | TheFencePost.com

FFA Club News 11-22-10

Kevin Switzer, Koal Smith, Kevin Meyers, Sage Rodgers and Ryan Huson.

The Fruita FFA has done it again! Ryan Hudson, Ag teacher and FFA advisor at Fruita Monument High School in Fruita, Colo., took his second Ag mechanics team in five years to the National

FFA Convention to compete for the title of National Champion Ag Mechanics team.

Hudson’s Ag mechanics team consists of anywhere from 10-25 young men and women hoping to earn a spot on the competitive travelling team. They practice every Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. where they work on anything from welding to wiring, plumbing, construction, parts identification, equipment repair, and anything else a farmer, rancher, mechanic or layman might encounter in agriculture.

The successes of Hudson’s hard work started showing in 2007 when Dewey Johnston, Justin Grant, Carson Pearson and Scott Meyers won the title of State Champions in Ag Mechanics. Hudson prepped the team through the summer and into the beginning of the school year to be prepared for the National competition on Material Handling Systems in the end of October. The practice paid off as the team earned a Gold award, landing themselves in the top one-third of the competitors. Johnston earned that prestigious title-National Champion in the area of Machine and Equipment Systems.

This year, the story is a little different. Hudson received a call late in the evening of September 28. The first place team from Colorado was not able to attend the National competition, and so Hudson rounded up his close-second place team to compete at the national level. Kevin Meyers (Freshman, CSU), Sage Rodgers (Freshman, Central Arizona College), and Kevin Switzer (Loma, State Park Ranger), with alternate Koal Smith (Senior at FMHS), returned from around Colorado and New Mexico to get some quick practices and crash courses so they would be able to make the trip to Indianapolis on October 15 to compete.

The opportunity is especially sweet for Kevin Meyers, whose ties to the 2007 team include being the fifth man alternate and the younger brother of Scott. His experience with the 2007 team didn’t necessarily give him an edge, though, as this year’s competition focuses on Integrated Pest Management and the boys were scored on activities in equipment, pesticide application, sprinkler systems, surveying, and welding.

The boys worked hard and represented Colorado well with a Silver Team score placing 17th and individual scores of Gold, two Silvers, and a Bronze.

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