Madera South FFA gears up

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Small engine state finals Saturday

After a third-place showing in last week’s Madera South Future Farmers of America (FFA) Invitational, the Stallion team is getting ready to compete against 19 other high schools from across California in this week’s finals on small engines knowledge and repair.

The state finals, which start at 8 a.m. Saturday at Fresno State University, will have four parts. It is one of 10 such contests in a variety of fields for FFA students throughout the year.

John Williams, FFA adviser to the Stallions, said that last Saturday’s 10-team competition at Madera South was modeled off of the State Curricular Code for small engines — such as those in lawnmowers or rototillers — and the state finals would be similarly designed.

“There’s identification of parts and tools,” Williams said. “That’s a straightforward piece. Then there’s an engine theory test on how engines and their parts work together, stuff like that. The third is a problem-solving portion where they answer questions pertaining to different engine parts and measuring tools, and the last part of the contest is a team portion, troubleshooting...

 

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