Banks County High School Senior Luke Johnson Advances to State FFA Wiring Contest
Banks County High School senior Luke Johnson won the North Region Area 2 EMC/FFA Agricultural Education Career Development Event, a wiring competition, and will advance to the state competition. Jackson EMC is a sponsor of the event.
Students complete a timed practical wiring exercise and a problem-solving exam followed by an oral presentation describing the necessary steps to complete an electrical wiring task.
“I’ve been involved in FFA and wiring since sixth grade, and my teachers and advisors have made a significant impact on my life,” said Johnson, who will attend Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in the fall. “I plan to be an agriculture teacher and return that generosity to other students.”
Rabun High School junior Luke Chastain placed second overall in the competition. Johnson and Chastain advance to the state competition, which will be held on March 2, at the FCCLA camp in Covington.
Offered through local FFA chapters, the regional wiring competitions reinforce electrical wiring as taught in the vocational agriculture education program and expand students’ grasp of electric energy and the role of EMCs in Georgia’s energy future. The event is sponsored by Region 2 electric membership cooperatives, including Jackson EMC.
The hands-on, practical, timed wiring exercise tests students’ knowledge of the National Electric Code, while the oral presentation offers students the opportunity to explain how to solve an electrical problem. Students also complete a multiple-choice exam.
Any active FFA member enrolled in a high school agriculture education class is eligible to participate in the wiring competition. The top two individuals in each region’s wiring contest advance to the state competition.
Georgia FFA is the third largest state association with more than 42,000 members. Currently, Georgia has 342 chapters and more than 475 agricultural education teachers. An integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools, FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, is headquartered 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in Jefferson, Ga. The cooperative serves more than 259,000 meters on more than 15,000 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.
Photo caption: Luke Johnson, senior at Banks County High School, won the North Region Area 2 FFA Career Development Event wiring contest hosted by Jackson EMC.