Marion ag team wins district contest

A Marion High School team comprised of Aaron Molleker, Clint Kroupa, Nick Meyer, and Jacob Cope won first place in the South Central District Agriculture Technology Management contest last week in Hutchinson.

Students from Marion competed in several career development events in the contest jointly sponsored by HCC ag power division and welding department.

Contestants completed written tests and practicums dealing with grain handling and welding. Some of the individual activities included identifying parts on a feed mixer wagon, completing a mig welding exercise, and identifying small engine parts.

Team activities included troubleshooting and adjusting a small gas engine, reading and interpreting an owner’s manual, and troubleshooting problems with A/C electrical circuits.

The Marion A-team wrapped up the top four spots in the competition with Molleker earning first, Clint Kroupa second, Nick Meyer third, and Jacob Cope fourth individually.

Marion’s B-team placed third in the B-team division with Bret Voth, Seth Snelling, and Dylan Carpenter all placing in the top 10 individually.

Additional contests at the HCC Livestock Career Development Event that students from Marion High School competed in included livestock judging with a special division for first year Greenhand students.

Students were required to evaluate and place eight classes of cattle, sheep and swine. They prepared and presented three sets of oral reasons. Marion placed second in the Greenhand division with Dylan Pippin sixth individual, and Elizabeth Meyer ninth.

Other students competing in livestock judging included Pippin, Meyer, Nicholas Stuchlik, Remington Putter, Cody Parmley, William Adame, Kayla Kroupa, Jacob Smith, and Morgan Radtke.

In the district Veterinary Science Career Development Event on Tuesday, Marion placed 4th as a team with Molleker receiving second place individually. Participants were required to identify 50 samples of veterinary equipment, animal breeds, or parasites. They also completed a written test and practicum activity along with a scenario over a situation from a veterinary clinic.

Other team members were Brody Carroll, Ericka Herzet, and Zac Lewman.

In the HCC Invitational Entomology CDE, a Marion team placed 11th overall. Students identified 50 insect samples and took a written test.

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