Hayden Biggs and Harvey Smith, agriscience students and members of Future Farmers of America at West Feliciana High School, placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Area IV electricity FFA Career Development Event held March 23 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Competitors from throughout southeastern Louisiana were given an electrical circuit commonly found in homes and had to diagram and install the circuit according to National Electric Code standards. Students also had to take a written exam covering components of the NEC.
The electricity CDE provides an opportunity for students to develop skills in electrical wiring and is a follow-up to the instruction given to FFA members in the agriscience program, a news release said.
The event is not designated for national competition but was only created for Louisiana.
Both Biggs and Smith will compete in another electrical competition hosted by Associated Builders and Contractors in Baton Rouge in April.
“We are very proud of their efforts, especially considering they were rookies and competed for the first time against students who have participated in previous competitions,” agriscience teacher Paul Theriot said. “In fact, Hayden was only three points from a fourth-place finish, which would have qualified him to compete in the state competition.”