West Texas A&M hosted the state qualifying FFA Tractor Tech Contest this past Friday January 19th. Area 1 ,2 and 4 use this contest for their state qualifying meet. The tractor Tech contest consist of three parts. First is a 100 question quiz to test their mechanical knowledge, 2nd is 20 components to check their ability to evaluate parts for reuse and finally they have to debug a tractor.
Area 1, 2, and 4 is basically all of West Texas. Area 1 Champion was Abernathy FFA with a team consisting of John Nelson, Parker Redwine and Angelo Cantu. Happy FFA, Abernathy FFA # 2 team placed 3rd this team consisted of Nathan Sullivan, Rowdy Huffaker, Arty Lopez and Slade Chisum, Silverton 4th, Shallowater 5th.
Of the 22 teams there the overall placing was Wall, Abernathy, Eastland, Bryson, and Dumas. Only one team per school can advance to the State Contest in Houston so Abernathy 2nd team is not eligible also they would have been fourth overall if they were eligible. Team members from team 2 are eligible to move up to team 1 but only three can compete at State. John Nelson was fourth high individual, and Nathan Sullivan was eighth high individual.
One of the highlights of the day was getting to visit with Mr. Gerald Kelly. Mr. Kelly a retired Ag Teacher from Abernathy stills holds the state record for the most State Champions in Tractor Tech. That’s why West Texas A&M gets him to bug the tractors for them.
The Abernathy Tractor Tech team would like to thank Hurst Farm equipment for all their help.
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