FFA competes in regionals

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Four members of the Carroll County FFA Chapter competed in a welding competition sanctioned by the Northern Kentucky Region of FFA, held in the Carroll County High School agriculture mechanics lab. The members competing included Billy Mertz II, Jordan Gibson, Ronnie Knight and Travis Spenneberg.

The competition was won by the Spencer County FFA Chapter, but the contest was not given to them. They beat Carroll County only by 0.32 of 1 point. Spencer County scored 231.34 to Carroll County’s 231.02.

Billy Mertz II was named high individual in the region with a score of 83.34 out of 100. Ronnie Knight was fourth in the region with a score of 76.34. Jordan Gibson and Travis Spenneberg’s scores also landed in the top ten in the district. 

“This team performed very well.  I am very proud of their efforts, and I look forward to future successes from these guys,” Joseph Vessels, CCHS agriculture teacher/FFA advisor said. Each of the young men are seniors and will be graduating in May.

In the competition, students receive four pieces of ¼”X 2” X 6” mild steel and four 6011 AC welding rods.  They complete their welds using a Lincoln 225 Amp AC “Buzzbox.” Each student completes a flat bead, a vertical up butt joint and a vertical up fillet.  They followed a diagram to create the completed piece.

Judges for the Carroll County FFA competition included: David Coghill, welding instructor, Carroll County Area Technology Center; Chuck Hollingsworth, industrial maintenance instructor, Carroll County Area Technology Center; and Danny Durham, Arkema employee and welding instructor.

The Carroll County agriculture department will start training a new team for the 2011 welding competition scheduled for next December. If anyone in the community has any small pieces of 3/16th or 1/4” scrap mild steel that students can use to practice on, please contact Mr. Vessels at (502) 732-7075. 

“Any help would be greatly appreciated,” Vessels said. “The margin to victory is as narrow as it can get; with help from our community we will be able to overcome Spencer County next year.”