High school students participate in heavy equipment rodeo - WNEM TV 5

High school students participate in heavy equipment rodeo

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Some Mid-Michigan high school students competed in a rodeo today, but instead of bulls and broncos, they tested their mettle with heavy equipment.

Students competed with a front end loader, whipping around orange cones with a cop car locked in the machines jaws. The rodeo took place at the Genesee Intermediate School District Technology Center. Students tested their mettle against Eaton ISD students.  

Instructors went over the ground rules before the competition started.

One of the events featured students having to drop a bowling pin in a tube while operating a backhoe.

The students said they love the competition, but it doesn't mean they necessarily are going to operate heavy equipment in the future.

Jim Ply, the principal of the school said the rodeo event gives the students a chance to demonstrate what they've learned.

"What a great way to show off the skills that you're learning, and in a fun way," Ply said.

The top three fastest students in each category receive an award.

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