ATMS Big E- Arcanum MVCTC FFA Members after learning they won the ATMS contest at the Big E (LtoR) Luke Brinksneader, Carson Tegtmeyer, Caleb Hartman and Nate Wright

Arcanum MVCTC FFA takes 1st in national competition

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—The Big E, Eastern State Exposition, is held yearly in West Springfield Massachusetts. One of the many events held at the Big E is the FFA Eastern Regional Competitions. The FFA portion of the Big E invites the top qualifiers from 15 states reaching from Kentucky to Maine to compete in CDE’s, Agriscience Fair and Star Programs. In 2022, the Arcanum MVCTC FFA Chapter qualified in the CDE event Ag Technology and Mechanical Systems. Landon Haney also qualified to compete in the Star in Agribusiness Competition by winning the Ohio FFA Award.

The Ag Technology and Mechanical Systems team placed first as a team in the Big E competition. During the competition members completed a problem solving test and worked on individual and group stations including hydraulics, spray equipment and rafter layout. All 4 team members also placed in the top 10 as individuals in the contest. Caleb Hartman placed 1st, Luke Brinksneader placed 5th, Nate Wright placed 7th, and Carson Tegtmeyer placed 8th. The success of the ATMS team also help the Ohio FFA capture the Big E Sweepstakes against the other states competing.

Landon Haney won the Big E Star in Agribusiness competition. Landon was honored at the awards program with $750 in prize money through a sponsorship by Farm Credit East. Landon qualified to compete by winning the Ohio FFA Star in Agribusiness at the 2022 Ohio FFA Convention. Landon’s SAE is Haney Mowing and Landscaping, where he is the owner and operator. For the competition Landon submitted his state winning application and then completed an in-person interview while at the Big E. Landon stated “It is a great honor to represent your school and state at a national level but even more so to be able to win. “

Star Ag Business Big E - Arcanum MVCTC FFA Member Landon Haney with (LtoR) National FFA CEO Scott Stump, Nationa FFA Southern Region Vice President Erik Robinson, Landon, and Christopher Laughton Farm Credit East.

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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