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CCCTC students vie in Ohio Landscape Olympics

Junior students who participated in the Ohio Landscape Olympics. From left, Gavan Gordon of United Local, who competed in landscape plant installation; Samantha Kallas of Crestview, who competed in landscape plant installation; Shane Venezia of East Palestine, who competed in landscape maintenance operations; Preston Persohn of Beaver Local, who competed in landscape maintenance operations; Chase McCurdy of Crestview, who competed in landscape plant installation; and Evan Heestand of United Local, who competed in hardscape installation.
Senior students who participated in the Ohio Landscape Olympics. From left, Russell Pugh of Beaver Local, who competed in hardscape installation and irrigation; Carmen Inman of Beaver Local, who competed in irrigation systems; and Samuel Parks of United Local ,who competed in skid steer and compact excavator.
Evan Heestand of United Local and Russell Pugh of Beaver Local showcase their hardscape installation piece for the competition.

Students from the landscape and environmental design program at Columbiana County Career and Technical Center traveled to ATI Wooster on Oct. 15 to compete in the Ohio Landscape Olympics.

This competition hosts students from all over the state where they participate in competitions for operating a compact excavator, operating a skid steer, landscape maintenance operations, truck and trailer, installing a hardscape, installing an irrigation system, and landscape plant installation.

Students are scored on skill level and the time it takes to successfully complete the event. Scores are given for the overall team and students that compete also receive individual scores for the events in which they compete.

The CCCTC team placed 8th out of 14 schools, while Shane Venezia, a junior from East Palestine, scored 94 out of 100 possible points in the landscape maintenance operations competition. The Ohio Nursery Landscape Association sponsors the yearly event. (Submitted photos)

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