FFA tractor driving practice

A Stanwood FFA tractor driving team member practices navigating an obstacle course at the Stanwood Camano Fairgrounds before heading to the state competition on Nov. 15. For practicing, students used a tractor loaned to the team from Washington Tractor in Mount Vernon.

Three Spartans teamed up to win the state FFA tractor driving competition Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Columbia Basin Technical Skill Center in Moses Lake.

Chris Whisman, Shawn Moyer and Jordan Koster placed first out of 44 teams from around the state. Individually, Koster finished third, Whisman took sixth and Moyer took ninth. FFA Advisor Darryl Main was their coach.

Participants completed an exam that tests their knowledge of tractor safety and operation, navigated their vehicle and trailer through an obstacle course, and participated in a team activity that challenges their problem-solving skills.

The Spartans sent another team — Thomas Peronteau, Emery Lindauer and Leona Hansen — to the competition. During the past few weeks, the Spartans have been practicing at the Stanwood Camano Fairgrounds using a tractor loaned to the team from Washington Tractor in Mount Vernon.

Stanwood FFA tractor driving

The 2018 Spartans FFA tractor driving team members include Chris Whisman, Shawn Moyer and Jordan Koster on Team 1 and Thomas Peronteau, Emery Lindauer and Leona Hansen on Team 2.

Contact reporter Evan Caldwell at ecaldwell@scnews.com and follow him on Twitter @Evan_SCN for updates throughout the week and on Instagram @evancaldwell.scn for more photos.

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