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State ruling on forestry competitions confounds local program

 

February 19, 2020

COLIN OWENS, left, and Sam Mitchell compete in a Jack and Jill crosscut saw event at a forestry competition hosted last year by Sweet Home High School.

Sweet Home school officials and students were caught flat-footed last week by an announcement that boys and girls will no longer be able to compete in separate forestry competitions.

Forestry competition events have been divided between boys and girls, Jacks and Jills, with a division also available for Jack-and-Jill partners. Some events, such as the hose lay, and technical events like first aid, are already combined.

Sweet Home High School Natural Resources teacher Blake Manley announced the decision to his classes after receiving an email from the state Friday morning.

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