Wooster, OH— The Ohio Hi-Point Outdoor Careers students took home first place and $1,500 in prize money at the Ohio High School Landscape Olympics in early November.
The Landscape Olympics, an educational competition to test skills and knowledge, was hosted by the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association at OSU ATI in Wooster, Ohio.
Ohio Hi-Point’s students competed against 250 other high school students from 20 schools across the state. During the event, students also had the opportunity to network with more than 25 companies and leaders in the green industry.
“I’m incredibly proud of this group of students and how they displayed their knowledge and skills within the green industry,” said instructor Cole Carpenter. “The prize money will go towards our CTSO (FFA) to help us participate in additional educational opportunities and events.”
The team of Outdoor Careers students who captured first place include: Stephen Dunham (Graham High School), Cody Board (Bellefontaine High School), Creighton Bradley (Triad High School), Kolton Parker (Benjamin Logan High School), Quincy Hassell (Bellefontaine High School), Daniel Long (Indian Lake High School), Tylar Jett (Urbana High School), Josh Mays (Graham High School), Orion Horn (Benjamin Logan High School), Damien Masters (Mechanicsburg High School), and Ben Brunswick (Bellefontaine High School).
Stephen Dunham also placed fourth overall in the competition. He received a Gold in Sales Presentation and Cost Estimation.
Creighton Bradley and Cody Board received a Bronze in the Irrigation competition.
Orion Horn, Ben Brunswick, and Damien Masters received a Bronze for Landscape Plant Installation.
About the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association
ONLA leads, promotes and facilitates the success and growth of green industry businesses. More than 1,300 members comprise nursery stock growers, garden center operators, landscape contractors, landscape design and grounds maintenance firms, arborists, students enrolled in landscape and horticulture programs in the state and allied suppliers. The association, with administrative offices in Westerville, has represented Ohio’s vital nursery and landscape industry for over 100 years.
About Ohio Hi-Point
The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center develops our most valuable resource, people, by providing quality career-technical and academic education programs. Our High School and Satellite Divisions serve juniors and seniors from 14 partner school districts and offer more than 30 career training programs, while our Adult and Continuing Education Division has a strong focus on customized training, providing businesses the training needed to strengthen and prosper in the community.