STHS Tractor Team Takes First Place

Students of the Strom Thurmond Career Center FFA Chapter spent their Thursday evening last week in Chester County South Carolina competing in the South Carolina Mid-State Region Tractor Operations Competition.  Not only did the team finish the competition in first place, but senior FFA member Colton Kirkland was able to complete the event as the highest scoring individual.  Kirkland completed the entire course in less than one minutes and twenty-five seconds with no deductions resulting in a perfect score.  Students in the Tractor Operations Career Development Event, earn the opportunity to demonstrate their technical knowledge as it relates to the operation of a tractor and trailer.

Students tested their knowledge through a driving course in which they had to not only pull a landscaping trailer, but also back it perfectly centered into a shoot.

The team will now travel to Columbia South Carolina in October to compete in the South Carolina FFA State Tractor Operations Career Development Event.  Members of the Strom Thurmond team were: Colton Kirkland, Cody Borden, Logan Pollock, Jimmy Foley and Jacob Smith.  Their coach and advisor is Mr. J. Brooks.

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For more information regarding the agriculture program at Strom Thurmond Career Center, contact Jeremy Brooks or Darla Steele at the school, (803) 275-1767 or visit the agriculture program website at