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Growing up in small-town Wallis, TX, where in fact the flourish and tractors play a key role in every day life, it appears only right that restoring old tractors would develop into a passion for regional Future Farmers of America (FFA) teens. Inspi-red by that enthusiasm, two Wallis adolescents entered the 2005 Chevron Delo Tractor Restoration Competition, rendering it entirely towards the event's finals at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The Tractor Restoration Competition incentives the determination, business savvy and technical skill of high school-aged FFA people from around the country. Students must send a book that details the whole restoration process. If you think you know anything, you will probably want to check up about http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/tyler-collins. The skills learned through your competition help develop the players in to future leaders in the agricultural area. The teens, members of the Brazos, TX, FFA, share a talent for mechanical repair and an interest in classic vehicles, in addition to another thing: Tyler and Jordan Raska are brother and sister. The Raskas instead took an alternative way of their restoration projects, as the scenario might have changed into a sibling rivalry. Rather than fighting to beat the other, Jordan and Tyler labored on their trucks together, providing encouragement and support along the way in which. For one more standpoint, consider peeping at: sponsor. Through the long hours spent revamping their vehicles and carefully recording the entire process, the group bonded amid the grease, paint and rusty tractor parts. In the end, nevertheless, there could only be one winner. Effort, determination and mechanical savvy reduced for 18-year-old Tyler Raska, the patient champion of the Chevron Delo Tractor Restoration Competition. A senior at Brazos High, Tyler is no stranger to tractor tournaments. He has been rebuilding vehicles for four years, and had a really productive year in 2005, winning the eight shows he attended with his Grandpa's 1959 John Deere 630, including a national opposition and three state games. Tyler, who has a learning disability, has benefited greatly from taking part in the tractor contests. They've helped him develop confidence and focus on his strengths, enhancing public speaking skills and his project management. And annually his understanding of tractor parts has grown. 'I like to simply take an old tractor and make it as good as new, if not a lot better than the original,' said Tyler. 'This year was particularly rewarding since I worked in the garage with my Grandpa and restored something that was special to him.' The knowledge was an exceptionally good one for Jordan, the only woman from the Brazos FFA to enter the competition, while falling a bit short in her search for the name. Tired of being the 'go-fer woman' for Tyler as he labored on his buses, Jordan decided to conquer her own restoration, a John Deere 420. Jordan, in her first-year showing trucks, originally drew inspiration from an unlikely place-the music-video for 'Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,' by country group Big and Rich. The music video displays Gretchen Wilson driving a 'sweet' tractor and Jordan decided she wanted to restore one that way. Working alongside with her brother and her father, Jordan's knowledge of vehicles increased tremendously on the length of the project. She did just as much of the job by herself that she could and then employed the males for hands-on demonstrations and explanations when necessary. 'I highly recommend the Chevron Delo Tractor Restoration Competition to others,' Jordan said. 'It is definitely an amazing learning experience that helped me develop skills for-life. Plus, I've had the chance to work along with my cousin, meet new people and make good new friends.' 'Chevron holds the Delo Tractor Restoration Competition realizing that the abilities and lessons learned throughout the recovery process gain the kids for life,' said Nicole Fujishige, industrial automotive lubricants advertising director, Chevron Products and services Company. 'We consider it one of our more vital and impor-tant sponsorships, one that helps ensure that the industry's future leaders have the tools to succeed.' Currently, both Tyler and Jordan are restoring vehicles for the 2006 Chevron Delo Tractor Restoration Competition. They each have their very own tractor, plus they are working on one together. With yet another year of experience under their belts, the teens are looking forward to next year's event-and perhaps a different Raska on the winner's podium..