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Madison FFA Tractor Technicians have skills tested

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Luke Voigt (left), Carlos Cruz, Israel Sanchez-Moran and Mitchell Junio get together for a photo after competition.

The James Madison FFA Tractor Technician team competed January 15 at the Area 7 FFA Tractor Technician Career Development Event (CDE) hosted by Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas. The team consists of Carlos Cruz (12th grade), Mitchell Junio (12th grade), Israel Sanchez-Moran (11th grade), Luke Voigt (11th grade). The team is coached by FFA Advisor, Jonathan Marshall who recently joined the staff of the Agriscience Magnet Program at James Madison High School.

The Tractor Technician CDE is a three part competition in which team members appraise components and parts of tractors and agricultural implements and make recommendations forservices needed and not needed, complete a written exam and finally the team ofthree members, working as a group, will compete in locating and correcting five deliberately placed malfunctions in diesel fueled tractors and safely navigate the repaired tractor through a driving course within the 25 minute time limit.

The James Madison FFA team placed 4th overall in the contest and Carlos Cruz finished as the 2nd High Individual in the contest among all Area 7 FFA contestants.

The team is eagerly awaiting to hear news if their 4th place finish in the Area contest will earn them the honor to compete at the State FFA Tractor Technician CDE to be held at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 17, 2014.

Posted on January 16, 2014