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​ONLA to host third annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics

Friday, October 26, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alana Settle
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Where will the future workers, managers, and owners of nursery and landscape businesses come from? Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) doesn’t intend to leave that up to chance.

On Nov. 1 and 2, 2018, ONLA will welcome more than 200 students for its third annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics, a hands-on competition at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio.

The Olympics intersects the high school educational experience at a critical point—when junior and seniors are starting to think more seriously about what they’ll do after graduation. Educators and students from 20 schools and career centers across the state will travel to this year’s event.

At the event, competitions test and build students’ skills in plant identification, compact excavator and skid steer operation, plant and hardscape installation, landscape maintenance, irrigation, truck and trailer maneuverability, and cost estimating. Two new competitions in low-voltage lighting and turfgrass have been added to the 2018 event. Awards will be presented on Friday afternoon, including awards for "Top Student in the State" and "Top Team in the State."

To deliver an engaging experience for teenagers, ONLA has infused some fun into an otherwise serious competition. A kick-off party will build excitement and comradery. A networking event with sponsoring companies will encourage exploration of the many career choices available in the industry. And a Fun Zone will provide activities and learning opportunities for students who are not competing.

In addition, the program has garnered interest from more than a dozen green industry companies and associations, who have signed on as sponsors to support the event, lead competitions, and get the chance to meet their future workforce.


2018 Ohio High School Landscape Olympics 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


2018 Ohio High School Landscape Olympics Sponsors


Gold Sponsor: Nufarm Americas, Inc.

Silver Sponsor: Columbus State Community College

Bronze Sponsors: Columbus State Landscape Alumni Association, EMI, Wolf Creek Company

Fun Zone Sponsors: Ohio Chapter International Society of Arboriculture, Pattie Group, Yard Solutions

Lunch and Hospitality Sponsors: Davey Tree Expert Company, GreenScapes Landscape Architects & Contractors, Grunder Landscaping Co., Rice's Landscapes Redefined, Schill Grounds Management

Additional Support: First Impressions Lawn & Landscape Company, Hidden Creek Landscaping, Landscapes by Terra, M. J. Design Associates, Inc.


Competitions are hosted by: Benchmark Landscape Construction, Inc., Bobcat Company, Columbus State Community College Landscape Program, EMI, Grunder Landscaping, Hidden Creek Landscaping, Ohio CAT, OSU ATI, Ohio Turfgrass Foundation, Peabody Landscape Group, Schill Grounds Management, Unilock, Willoway Nurseries, Inc., and Wolf Creek Company


For more information about the Ohio High School Landscape Olympics, visit


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