Nov. 12 2018 11:23 AM

Over 200 students participated in the hands-on competition.

First place team, Jackson High School

The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, Westerville, Ohio, welcomed 230 students for its third annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics, a hands-on competition at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio.

Ohio high schools and career centers with horticulture programs were invited to participate in the educational competition where students could test their skills and learn more about careers in the green industry.

Students from 20 schools competed in multiple events over the span of two days that ended with an awards ceremony. According to an article on the Piqua Daily Call website, the competition events tested students’ skills in plant identification, compact excavator and skid steer operation, plant and hardscape installation, landscape maintenance, irrigation, truck and trailer maneuverability, cost estimating, low-voltage lighting and turfgrass.

The event also included a networking event with sponsoring companies in the green industry. The program has reportedly garnered interest from more than a dozen green industry companies and associations, who have signed on as sponsors to support the event, lead competitions and get the chance to meet their future workforce.

To view a list of the winners, visit ONLA’s website.