Gavin Sahli is top FFA tractor competitor in Washington
Members of the Quincy FFA traveled to CB Tech in Moses Lake to compete in the 2018 edition of the Washington State Potato Grading and Tractor Driving Career Development Events on Thursday, Nov. 15, and both teams came back with some state hardware, according to information from Quincy FFA.
The Tractor Driving team earned a fifth-place team plaque, and Gavin Sahli turned in an individual performance that made him the state champion tractor driver. Contestants are required to take a 50-question knowledge test on safety, operation, and maintenance, then the team performs a parts identification exam, and then each contestant drives a course with a tractor and trailer combination through a series of cones.
The driving portion is scored based on operators’ skills in not touching or knocking down any of the cones while backing through the course. Points are deducted for unnecessary changes in direction, riding the clutch or brakes, and time deductions are made if operators go past the two minute, thirty second time limit.
Gavin scored a 96 out of 100 on the written test and a perfect 200 score on the drive with the fastest time of the day at 1 minutes, 51 seconds.
Nate Gonzales and Chase Schuler rounded out the Quincy FFA team in the 42-team field.
In the Potato Grading CDE, competitors grade 100 russet potatoes as U.S. No. 1, U.S. No. 2, or Culls based on USDA Grading Standards, identify 10 blemishes found in potatoes, place four classes of seed potatoes, and give oral reasons on 10 potatoes based on their grade and defects.
Dave Sulistio was the fourth high individual, and the Quincy team of Dave Sulistio, Taran Brown, Ryan Smith, Andrew Townsend and Cody Main brought home the 8th place plaque.
The team of Cooper Raap, Reid Thomsen, Jane Kennedy and Ryann Harrington place 14th in the 26-team field.
Quincy FFA members are now preparing for the Apple Evaluation CDE, which will wrap up on Dec. 6 at the State Horticultural Association Meetings in Yakima.
Submitted by Quincy FFA