Tolles’ turf and landscape students compete nationally

By Shane Haggerty For The Madison Press

April 16, 2014

Tolles Career & Technical Center’s Sports Turf and Landscape Management students recently competed at two events — the National Collegiate Landscape competition at Colorado State University and the Ohio FFA State Nursery and Landscape Contest — and walked away with strong finishes at both.

Colorado State University hosted the 38th annual PLANET Student Career Days and National Collegiate Landscape Competition last month with nearly 2,000 professionals and students from 65+ colleges and universities from around the country. Students competed in 28 team and individual events ranging from business management, plant installation, sales presentations, to irrigation design, plant identification, landscape design, landscape maintenance operations and personnel management. It is the largest career fair of its kind that provides students opportunities to gain internships and employment in the Green Industry.

Tolles’ team of Jess Maslar (Jonathan Alder High School), Jacob Hitch (Hilliard Darby High School), Kyle Seimer (Jonathan Alder High School), Santiago Pablo (Hilliard Davidson) and Christian Montana (Dublin Coffman High School) competed in 19 of the 28 events and placed 39th out of the 65 teams. Tolles was the only high school program represented with the rest being collegiate programs. In individual competitions Maslar placed 11th, Hitch placed 21st and Seimer placed 31st. There were 743 total contestants.

The Tolles team of Seimer, Montana, Nathan Hunter (West Jefferson High School) and Trystan Edwards (Fairbanks High School) competed in the Ohio FFA State Nursery and Landscape Contest held at Tolles and placed fifth as a team. Montana placed ninth as an individual. Seimer and Edwards placed first in the paver installation contest while Seimer also placed second in the skid steer loader operation contest.

For 40 years, Tolles Career & Technical Center has served students by providing career-focused learning opportunities that prepare them for successful careers and lifelong learning. Tolles offers students the opportunity to specialize in one of 22 career-technical programs. Along with providing high school students with a personalized learning experience, Tolles provides rigorous academics and the opportunity to earn both industry credentials and college credits. Tolles also provides opportunities for adult learners. Tolles is located south of Plain City and serves: Dublin, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Hilliard, London, Madison-Plains, and Jefferson Local School Districts.