Getting in Gear

Saratoga hosted an Ag mechanic workshop March 10 to prepare FFA students for state competition


Fred Broschart

Saratoga High School freshman Jackson Page wires an electrical fixture at the FFA ag mechanics competition.

Saratoga High School's FFA chapter hosted students from five other high schools on March 11 for an agricultural mechanics competition.

FFA groups from high schools in Laramie, Rock River, Casper, Baggs and Pinedale met at Saratoga High School for a practice session in advance of state finals, which will be held April 4 in Cheyenne.

Teams from each school rotated through four hands-on activities with small engines, electrical wiring, welding and agricultural equipment. Teams also practiced formulating cattle feed rations with a Pearson's Square exercise and finished the day with an exam.

Lane Moreland, agriculture teacher at Saratoga High School, said the event allowed students to practice skills and be evaluated so teams would know which skills need improvement ahead of the competition.

Preparing for the upcoming statewide competition wasn't the only goal, however. "It's fun," Moreland said. "The kids get to get out and see something different."

Fred Broschart

Students visiting Saratoga High School FFA ag mechanics competition work with small engines at the engine station.


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