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ONLA Hosts Ohio High School Landscape Olympics ​

Tuesday, November 8, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Wooster, OH—The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association welcomed approximately 150 high school students from across Ohio for the first annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics (OHLO) on November 3 and 4 at OSU ATI in Wooster, Ohio.

Ohio high schools and career centers with horticulture programs were invited to participate in OHLO, an educational competition where students interested in careers in the green industry can test their hands-on skills.

Students from 17 schools competed in ten events in the afternoon on Thursday, November 3 and throughout the day on Friday, November 4.

OHLO 2016 began with a pizza party on Thursday afternoon to welcome the students. A career exploration event with more than 25 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.


2016 Medalists


Sales Presentation

Bronze: Stephen Dunham, Ohio Hi-Point

Silver: Zac Gordon, Upper Valley

Gold: Austin Anderson, Knox County Career Center



Bronze: Max Zugan & Chris Tramte, Auburn Career Center

Silver: Haile Ingram & Tyler Broske, Portage Lakes

Gold: Damian Kennedy & Demi Rizor, Knox County Career Center


Truck and Trailer Operation

Bronze: Zac Gordon & Connor Metz, Upper Valley

Silver: Nathan Zimdars, Ty Pennington, Delaware

Gold: Ethan Roger, Billy Coss, Knox County Career Center


Skid Steer Operation

Bronze: Spencer Karkoska, Gates Mills

Silver: Ty Pennington, Delaware

Gold: Connor Metz, Upper Valley


Cost Estimation

Bronze: Stephen Dunham, Ohio Hi-Point

Silver: Cassie Rine, Knox County Career Center

Gold: Justin Miller, Buckeye Career Center


Hardscape Installation

Bronze: Josh Tussey, Daniel Lowe, Talawanda-Butler Tech

Silver: Brock Denman, Damian Kennedy, Knox County Career Center

Gold: Grant Kessler, Blake Kessler, Marysville High School


Compact Excavator Operation

Bronze: Chase Cutchall, Penta Career Center

Silver: Josh Tussey, Talawanda-Butler Tech

Gold: Hunter Pinyerd, Knox County


Landscape Maintenance

Bronze: Ben Brunswick, Stephen Dunham, Ohio Hi-Point

Silver: John Fortney, Jake Zaranec, Medina Career Center

Gold: Nathan Wilson, Joe Arms, Knox County Career Center


Landscape Plant Installation

Bronze: Cory Stalling, Ryan Cochran, Jessica Kronenberger, Medina County Career Center

Silver: Haile Ingram, Daniel Thomas, Brooke Payne, Portage Lakes

Gold: Morgan Hunter, Kenzie Hunter, Joe Arms, Knox County Career Center


Plant ID

Bronze: Daniel Thomas, Portage Lakes

Silver: Haile Ingram, Portage Lakes

Gold: Sierra Ganley, Portage Lakes


Top Ten Individuals

10. Trent Weber, Auburn Career Center

9. Jake Zaranec, Medina

8. Chris Tramte, Auburn Career Center

7. Jared Albrecht, Jackson High School

6. Jessice Kronenberger, Medina

5. Blake Kessler, Marysville

4. Grant Kessler, Marysville

3. Deric Gazdic, Jackson

2. Ryan Cochran, Medina

1. Josh Tussey, Talawanda-Butler Tech


Top Five Teams

5. Upper Valley

4. Talawanda-Butler Tech

3. Medina County Career Center

2. Ohio Hi-Point

1. Knox County Career Center


Participating Schools

Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus

Auburn Career Center

Buckeye Career Center

Delaware Area Career Center

Gates Mills Environmental Center

Jackson High School

Knox County Career Center

Marysville High School

Medina County Career Center

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

Patrick Henry High School

Penta Career Center

Portage Lakes Career Center

Talawanda-Butler Tech

Trumbull Career and Technical Center

Upper Valley Career Center

Wayne County Schools Career Center.


OHLO is sponsored by: Columbus State Community College, Columbus State Landscape Alumni Association, GreenScapes Landscape Co., Brightview Landscaping, EMI - Environmental Management Services, Inc., Hemlock Landscapes, Inc.,Rice's Nursery & Landscaping, Inc., Ryan's Landscaping, Wolf Creek Company

Competition Event Sponsors: Benchmark Landscape Construction, Inc., Bobcat Company, Columbus Builder Supply, Columbus State Community College, EMI - Environmental Management Services, Inc., Hidden Creek Landscaping, Ohio CAT, Peabody Landscape Group & Willoway Nurseries, Inc., The Ohio State University ATI, and Wolf Creek Company

Additional Sponsors: Five Seasons Landscape Management, Grunder Landscaping Co., Hidden Creek Landscaping, M.J. Design Associates, Inc., Mike & Paula Lynch, Ohio Turf Grass Foundation

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