The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association welcomed 230 high school students from across Ohio for the third annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics on November 1 and 2 at OSU ATI in Wooster, Ohio.

Ohio high schools and career centers with horticulture programs were invited to participate in the Landscape Olympics, an educational competition where students could test their skills and learn more about a career in the green industry.

Students from 20 schools competed in twelve events throughout the day on Friday, November 2. OHLO 2017 began with a pizza party on Thursday afternoon to welcome the students. A career exploration event with 24 companies gave students the opportunity to meet with green industry leaders and learn more about careers available to them in the industry. The event ended with an awards ceremony.


2018 Medalists


Sales Presentation
Gold: Braedon Snider, Upper Valley Career Center
Silver: Alaina Robb, Ohio Hi-Point
Bronze: Garrett Zisk, Penta Career Center

Irrigation (team event)
Gold: Jackson High School
Silver: Ohio Hi-Point
Bronze: Portage Lakes Career Center

Truck and Trailer Operation (team event)
Gold: Upper Valley Career Center
Silver: Ohio Hi-Point
Bronze: Jackson High School

Skid Steer Operation
Gold: Ryan Bader, Portage Lakes Career Center
Silver: Alexander Haymaker, Jackson High School
Bronze: Max Lyttle, Auburn Career Center

Cost Estimation
Gold: Daniel Long, Ohio Hi-Point
Silver: Tyler Severance, Knox County Career Center
Bronze: Alaina Robb, Ohio Hi-Point

Hardscape Installation (team event)
Gold: Jackson High School
Silver: Delaware Area Career Center
Bronze: Marysville High School

Compact Excavator Operation
Gold: Benjamin Chapman, Jackson High School
Silver: Joshua Mays, Ohio Hi-Point
Bronze: Eli Baker, Upper Valley Career Center

Landscape Maintenance (team event)
Gold: Jackson High School
Silver: Auburn Career Center
Bronze: Gates Mills

Low Voltage Lighting
Gold: Hunter Myers, Auburn Career Center
Silver: Jovany Chavez, Delaware Career Center
Bronze: Isaiah Shepard, Upper Valley Career Center

Turfgrass (team event)
Gold: Knox County Career Center
Silver: Jackson High School
Bronze: Auburn Career Center

Landscape Plant Installation (team event)
Gold: Auburn Career Center
Silver: Jackson High School
Bronze: Marysville

Plant ID
Gold: Courtney Espenschied, Jackson High School
Silver: Tara Klingenberger, Jackson High School
Bronze: Hannah Wisniewski, Jackson High School


Top Ten Individuals

  1. Trace Thomas, Jackson High School
  2. Charlie Brown, Tolles Career & Technical Center
  3. Joshua Mays, Ohio Hi-Point
  4. Corbin Haney, Delaware Area Career Center
  5. Benjamin Chapman, Jackson High School
  6. Grant Kessler, Marysville High School
  7. Blake Kessler, Marysville High School
  8. Eli Baker, Upper Valley Career Center
  9. Daniel Walter, Penta Career Center
  10. Haley Simmons, Portage Lakes Career Center


Top Five Teams

  1. Jackson High School
  2. Upper Valley Career Center
  3. Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
  4. Auburn Career Center
  5. Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus