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  Nate Zerkel,
State Vice President

My SAE Project is a tractor restoration. I am restoring a 1928 Farmall Regular, which is an exciting project. I am rebuilding the engine, going through the transmission and rear end to make sure it doesn't leak, and then painting it back to the original factory grey. I have learned a lot from my project already about building engines, working on really old equipment, as well as good time management, and financial responsibility.

Favorite CDE or LDE:
My favorite CDE that I have competed in has been Ag Mechanics. I love how you get to use hands on skills in a contest that can help prepare you for real life. I have always loved the hands on welding and electrical parts of the contest, but I also like learning all of the different aspects of the problem solving and knowledge test.

Favorite FFA Memory:
My favorite FFA memory was probably when my home chapter Broadway did a Farm To School Day at one of our local elementary schools. I loved this because I was part of the equipment safety station with some other awesome people. I got to haul some antique tractors to the elementary school, and then tell the kids about equipment safety and show them a comparison between old tractors and new tractors. Also seeing the joy on all of their faces when they got to climb up on the tractors and look around, was really cool.

Future Plans:
My plan after state office is to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio to study Automotive/High Performance. I will learn all about automotive repair, and also learn about race cars and everything that goes along with them. My hope after college is to eventually open up my own auto repair and restoration shop.
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