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North Georgia student wins top honors in state competition
FFA adviser Scott Wheatley, left, is pictured with Banks County High School student Calvin Boyer. Boyer won the wiring division of Electric Membership Corp./National FFA Organization State Agricultural Education Career Development Event.

Banks County High School student Calvin Boyer recently placed first in the Electric Membership Corp./National FFA Organization State Agricultural Education Career Development Event with a 95.773 score.

Earlier, Boyer also won first in the Area II competition in Jackson County, advancing him to the state level where he competed with other finalists.

The 42 EMCs in Georgia, including Jackson EMC and FFA chapters across the state, host and sponsor career events such as a wiring contest to teach students about the safe, efficient use of electricity. The competition stresses the importance of electrical safety while helping to sharpen wiring skills.

Boyer took home the $1,000 grand prize. All state finalists received certificates honoring their achievements.

The hands-on wiring exercise is popular with students and teachers who point to the benefits of hands-on learning.

“Students in a hands-on program will remember the material better, feel a sense of accomplishment when the task is completed, and be able to transfer that experience easier to other learning situations,” Jackson EMC President and CEO Randall Pugh said. “When more than one method of learning is offered, the information has a better chance of being stored in the student’s memory for retrieval. They’ll also stay on task more often because they are part of the learning process and not just spectators.”

In addition to the practical wiring exercise, participants are required to complete a problem-solving multiple-choice exam and give a presentation describing the necessary steps to complete a specific electrical wiring task.

Jackson EMC is consumer-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to more than 212,000 members in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe counties.

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