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Ohio High School Landscape Olympics

October 10 & 11, 2019 · OSU ATI, Wooster, Ohio.


ONLA's Ohio High School Landscape Olympics (OHLO) tests students' skills through hands-on, competitive events designed by industry professionals. OHLO broadens the high school education experience and introduces students to the many opportunities offered by a career in the green industry. 


Competing in OHLO

OHLO is open to all Ohio High Schools and Career Centers with horticulture programs. Single teams from all participating schools may compete in all events, or just a few. Competitive events test the student’s abilities to interact in a hands on environment. Events are planned, implemented and scored by industry sponsors using guidelines generated by ONLA.

Please contact Roni Petersen at to receive more information. 


Sponsoring OHLO

Sponsorship connects you with the next generation of green industry professionals, builds brand awareness, and shows your company’s support of an important cause. Through the OHLO sponsorship program, green industry businesses can have a direct impact when it matters—when young adults are exploring their career options. More so, your involvement guarantees that your business’ name and brand are top of mind with this future workforce. 

Download a sponsorship guide or purchase a sponsorship here. Email for more information. 



OHLO 2018 Recap

Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association welcomed 230 high school students from across Ohio for the third annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics on November 1 and 2 at OSU ATI in Wooster, Ohio.Ohio high schools and career centers with horticulture programs were invited to participate in the Landscape Olympics, an educational competition where students could test their skills and learn more about a career in the green industry.

Students from 20 schools competed in twelve events throughout the day on Friday, November 2. OHLO 2017 began with a pizza party on Thursday afternoon to welcome the students. A career exploration event with 24 companies gave students the opportunity to meet with green industry leaders and learn more about careers available to them in the industry. The event ended with an awards ceremony on Friday afternoon.

2018 Medalists

Sales Presentation
Gold: Braedon Snider, Upper Valley Career Center
Silver: Alaina Robb, Ohio Hi-Point
Bronze: Garrett Zisk, Penta Career Center

Irrigation (team event)
Gold: Jackson High School
Silver: Ohio Hi-Point
Bronze: Portage Lakes Career Center

Truck and Trailer Operation (team event)
Gold: Upper Valley Career Center
Silver: Ohio Hi-Point
Bronze: Jackson High School

Skid Steer Operation
Gold: Ryan Bader, Portage Lakes Career Center
Silver: Alexander Haymaker, Jackson High School
Bronze: Max Lyttle, Auburn Career Center

Cost Estimation
Gold: Daniel Long, Ohio Hi-Point
Silver: Tyler Severance, Knox County Career Center
Bronze: Alaina Robb, Ohio Hi-Point

Hardscape Installation (team event)
Gold: Jackson High School
Silver: Delaware Area Career Center
Bronze: Marysville High School

Compact Excavator Operation
Gold: Benjamin Chapman, Jackson High School
Silver: Joshua Mays, Ohio Hi-Point
Bronze: Eli Baker, Upper Valley Career Center

Landscape Maintenance (team event)
Gold: Jackson High School
Silver: Auburn Career Center
Bronze: Gates Mills

Low Voltage Lighting
Gold: Hunter Myers, Auburn Career Center
Silver: Jovany Chavez, Delaware Career Center
Bronze: Isaiah Shepard, Upper Valley Career Center

Turfgrass (team event)
Gold: Knox County Career Center
Silver: Jackson High School
Bronze: Auburn Career Center

Landscape Plant Installation (team event)
Gold: Auburn Career Center
Silver: Jackson High School
Bronze: Marysville

Plant ID
Gold: Courtney Espenschied, Jackson High School
Silver: Tara Klingenberger, Jackson High School
Bronze: Hannah Wisniewski, Jackson High School

Top Ten Individuals
1. Trace Thomas, Jackson High School
2. Charlie Brown, Tolles Career & Technical Center
3. Joshua Mays, Ohio Hi-Point
4. Corbin Haney, Delaware Area Career Center
5. Benjamin Chapman, Jackson High School
6. Grant Kessler, Marysville High School
7. Blake Kessler, Marysville High School
8. Eli Baker, Upper Valley Career Center
9. Daniel Walter, Penta Career Center
10. Haley Simmons, Portage Lakes Career Center

Top Five Teams
1. Jackson High School
2. Upper Valley Career Center
3. Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
4. Auburn Career Center
5. Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus

Participating Schools
Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus, Jefferson, OH
Auburn Career Center, Concord Township, OH
Buckeye Career Center, New Philadelphia, OH
Columbiana County Career Center, Lisbon, OH
Delaware Area Career Center, Delaware, OH
Eastland Career Center, Groveport, OH
Four County Career Center, Archbold, OH
Gates Mills Environmental Center, Gates Mills, OH
Jackson High School, Massillon, OH
Knox County Career, Mt. Vernon, OH
Marysville High School, Marysville, OH
Marlington High School, Salem, OH
Ohio Hi Point, Bellefontaine, OH
Patrick Henry High School, Hamler, OH
Penta Career Center, Perrysburg, OH
Portage Lakes Career Center, Uniontown, OH
Tolles Tech, Plain City, OH
Trumbull Career and Technical Center, Warren, OH
Upper Valley Career Center, Piqua, OH
Wayne County Schools Career Center, Smithville, OH


Thank you, 2018 Sponsors!


Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Bronze Sponsors



Hospitality Sponsor


Fun Zone Sponsor


Lunch Sponsors


Additional Support

The Bremec Group

BrightView Landscape Services

Buckeye Resources, Inc.

First Impressions Lawn & Landscape Company

Hidden Creek Landscaping

Landscapes by Terra

M. J. Design Associates, Inc.

Premier Plant Solutions

Willoway Nurseries Inc.

Competition Hosts
Compact Excavator   Cost Estimating   Hardscape Installation   Irrigation   Landscape Maintenance   Turfgrass
Landscape Installation   Sales Presentation   Skid Steer   Truck & Trailer   Plant ID    Lighting


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