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Jefferson High School Senior Wins Local FFA Wiring Contest; Advances to State

(Jefferson, GA, November 17, 2017) — Jefferson High School senior Tan Tonge won the Region 2 EMC/FFA Agricultural Education Career Development Event, a wiring competition that requires students to 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 am thankful for all the support and encouragement I have received and am proud to represent our region,” said Tonge, who has been accepted into the University of North Georgia pre-engineering program.

Oglethorpe County High School junior Cade Legg placed second overall in the competition. Tonge and Legg advance to the state competition on January 13, 2018, at the FFA camp in Covington.

“I’m very excited to compete at state for the first time,” said Legg, who scored the highest in the wiring skill portion with 59.2, a near perfect score of 60.

Offered through local FFA chapters, and hosted annually by Jackson EMC, the Region 2 wiring competition helps students develop the ability to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a variety of settings.

“Region 2 is very competitive because we have veteran educators who work with students throughout the year, practicing in class and in agricultural mechanics labs,” said Nelson McGinnis, Jackson EMC residential marketing representative and FFA coordinator. The hands-on, practical, timed wiring exercise tests student’s knowledge of the National Electric Code, while the oral presentation offers students the opportunity to explain how to solve an electrical problem. Lastly, the students must 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, held each year in January.

The FFA is a national organization of approximately 500,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. 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 225,000 meters on 14,000 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.