There is a reason Knappa High School’s nickname is the Loggers.

And some three dozen students have just shown why.

For the second consecutive year the school’s forestry team has returned from the state competition at Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis with the first-place team trophy.

Teacher Jeff Skirvin notes the program has only existed for five years and Knappa has won three times. It was the samallest school repesented but Knappa brought the largest team to the event.

Students from six high schools competed in a variety of activities over a two-day period. Events included job interviewing, public speaking, tree identification and timber cruising.

Knappa students fared well, with Warren Skirvin taking first in speech, Nick Landwehr earning top honors in map reading and Chris Whitworth earning second place in the job interview category.

The second day was filled with skills events, including crosscut sawing, cable-splicing, speed-climbing and choker-setting.

Knappa teams nearly swept the crosscut and cable splicing events.

Stacey Aho, a freshman, and her partner Warren Skirvin, a junior, took first place in jack-and-jill crosscut with classmates Nick Landwehr and Brooke Jones taking a close second.

Brooke Jones and her sister Amber Jones were first in the jill-and-jill crosscut race.

Kevin Tilander and Matt Williamson were fastest in the cable splice competition with Pat Schmidt and Warren Skirvin not far behind them.

Overall Jack Award for the two-day event went to Warren Skirvin.

Jeff Skirvin said he saw some of the best competition he has ever seen, including some impressive log-rolling skills from the students.

“Students are learning some important skills that not only apply to the area of natural resources, but they have learned some phenomenal public speaking, job interviewing, and written expression skills that will be usable in many aspects of their lives,” Skirvin said.

The event was organized by Oregon State University. “Jeff Morrell, OSU’s Forestry Department, and the OSU Logging Sports Team did a great job organizing the event” Jeff Skirvin said.

 

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