The Midway FFA Tractor Tech team won first place at the Area 8 FFA Career Development Event held Jan. 21 at the John Deere Training Center at Navarro College in Corsicana.
This is the fourth straight year the Midway FFA tractor tech team has advanced to state.
Congratulations to this year’s area-winning team members:
Hali Hardesty (alternate)
The state contest will take place at the Houston Livestock Show on March 7-8 with the tractor diagnostic finals being livestreamed on March 8.
Midway FFA teacher Shawn Rejeck said this school year means a lot to them because they were only days away from heading to Houston last year to compete when the livestock show was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tractor tech competition consists of three parts: a 100-question general mechanical knowledge test, a 100-question component test and the tractor diagnostic.
For the tractor diagnostic, each team is given a tractor with five mechanical defects. The teams are also given a work order listing customer complaints and a service manual.
Then the teams, using their knowledge and tools, have 30 minutes to find and repair all five problems and drive the tractor before the time expires. Cumulative team point totals determine placing.