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Ohio High School Landscape Olympics

The 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. 

 

About the 2017 Event

Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association welcomed 250 high school students from across Ohio for the second annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics on November 2 and 3 at OSU ATI in Wooster, Ohio.

Students from 20 schools competed in ten events in the afternoon on Thursday, November 2 and throughout the day on Friday, November 3. OHLO 2017 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.

 

2017 Medalists

Sales Presentation
Gold: Stephen Dunham, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
Silver: Joe Arms, Knox County Career Center
Bronze: Zac Gordon, Upper Valley Career Center
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Irrigation
Gold: Cassie Rine and Hunter Pinyerd, Knox Country
Silver: Ryliegh Myosky and Lucas Crunkilton, Penta Career Center
Bronze: Creighton Bradley and Cody Board, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
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Truck and Trailer Operation
Gold: Konnor Locker and Zac Gordon, Upper Valley Career Center
Silver: Nathan Zimdars and Ben Vucelich, Delaware Area Career Center
Bronze: Aaron Blaney and Max Zugan, Auburn Career Center
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Skid Steer Operation
Gold: Zachary DePew, Knox County Career Center
Silver: Jacob Toflinski, Auburn Career Center
Bronze: Blake Kessler, Marysville High School
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Cost Estimation
Gold: Stephen Dunham, Ohio Hi-Point
Silver: Nathan Zimdars, Delaware Area Career Center
Bronze: Tony Dsuban, Talawanda-Butler Tech
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Hardscape Installation
Gold: Eric Glaab and Jacob Schulte, Talawanda-Butler Tech
Silver: Libby Boyer and Ben Vucelich, Delaware Area Career Center
Bronze: Nolan VanBrunt and Kobe Heckman, Jackson High School
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Compact Excavator Operation
Gold: Hunter Pinyerd, Knox County
Silver: Kobe Heckman, Jackson High School
Bronze: Jacob Schulte, Talawanda-Butler Tech
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Landscape Maintenance
Gold: Joe Arms and Lane Browne, Knox County Career Center
Silver: Ben Vucelich and Nathan Zimdars, Delaware Area Career Center
Bronze: Norberto Morales-Botello and Andrew Gandolf, Auburn Career Center
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Landscape Plant Installation
Gold: Nolan VanBrunt, Brooke McDaniel , Kobe Heckman, Jackson High School
Silver: Zac Gordon, Matthew Herron, Brenden Kinnel, Upper Valley Career Center
Bronze: Orion Horn, Ben Brunswick, Damien Masters, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
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Plant ID
Gold: Sierra Ganley, Portage Lakes Career Center
Silver: Madison Morra, Cleveland Botanical Garden
Bronze: Dylan Cozens, Auburn Career Center
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Top Ten Individuals
1. Ben Vucelich, Delaware Area Career Center
2. Grant Kessler, Marysville High School
3. Blake Kessler, Marysville High School
4. Stephen Dunham, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
5. Zac Gordon, Upper Valley Career Center
6. Joe Arms, Knox County Career Center
7. Kobe Heckman, Jackson High School
8. Nolan VanBrunt, Jackson High School
9. Jacob Schulte, Talawanda-Butler Tech
10. Max Zugan, Auburn Career Center
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Top Five Teams
1. Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
2. Knox County Career Center
3. Jackson High School
4. Auburn Career Center
5. Talawanda-Butler Tech
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Participating Schools
Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus
Auburn Career Center
Buckeye Career Center
Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Delaware Area Career Center
Gates Mills Environmental Center
GlenOak High School
Jackson High School
Knox County Career Center
Mahoning County Career Center
Marysville High School
Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
Patrick Henry High School
Penta Career Center
Portage Lakes Career Center
Talawanda-Butler Tech
Tolles Career & Technical Center
Trumbull Career and Technical Center
Upper Valley Career Center
Wayne County Schools Career Center.


Sponsors

OHLO would not be possible without the generous support of green industry businesses and associations.


2017 Silver Sponsors:
Columbus State Community College, Columbus State Landscape Alumni Association

2017 Competition and Bronze Sponsors: Benchmark Landscape Construction, Inc., Bobcat Company, Brian-Kyles Construction, Brightview Landscaping, The Davey Tree Expert Company, EMI - Environmental Management Services, Inc., GreenScapes Landscape Co., Grunder Landscaping Co., Hemlock Landscapes, Inc., Hidden Creek Landscaping, Ohio CAT, Ohio Chapter ISA, The Ohio State University ATI, Ohio Turfgrass Foundation, Peabody Landscape Group, Rice's Nursery & Landscaping, Inc., Ryan's Landscaping, Schill Grounds Management, Unilock, Willoway Nurseries, Inc., Wolf Creek Company, and Yard Solutions.

Additional Sponsors: A.M. Leonard Inc., Buckeye Resources, Inc., First Impressions Lawn and Landscape Co., Five Seasons Landscape Management, Inc., M.J. Design Associates, Inc.


 

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 roni@onla.org to receive more information. 

 



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