High School Day September 23, 2022

Please be our guest at the annual SUNY Cobleskill High School Day on Friday, September 23rd. The day will give your students the opportunity to see what SUNY Cobleskill has to offer should they choose careers related to Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology.

Registration To register for High School Day, please use our registration link found below or contact the Dean’s Office at (518) 255-5324.  Before you arrive on campus, please email a list of names of the students who are attending to lauteral@cobleskill.edu.  This helps us to make sure we spell student names correctly on the contest results listing.  If you do not email a list, please bring a list with you to submit at Check-In.

Change in Program – We are unable to offer lunch and an award ceremony this year; awards will be sent to recipient schools.  Lunch options on campus are limited, so please make alternative plans.  Pre-registration for the contests is recommended.

New Policy!!!  Students must be accompanied at all times by a chaperone due to the campus Child Protection Policy.  We request that you bring an adequate number of chaperones to properly supervise students at all times. (Suggested 1 chaperone/10 students) *Students must be accompanied at all times by an appropriate chaperone from the Group/Organization bringing the students to campus (including any trips to bathrooms).

Student Drop Off & Pick-Up – Student Drop Off is along Schoharie Parkway North across from the P-Lot (see map).  Buses that need to park for the day are directed to the C-Lot.  If the lot is full, University Police will direct the buses to another lot.  Pick up will start at 11:30 AM in the C-Lot (see map).   

We look forward to seeing you at High School Day!

Schedule of Activities

 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 am.

Student Drop Off & Check In
Ground Floor Lobby Ctr for Agriculture & Natural Resources

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Coffee, Donuts, and Conversation
Deans Suite Meeting Room 005C Ctr for Agriculture & Natural Resources

 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Contest Competition
(locations to be determined)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Putting Contest
Golf green outside of Curtis-Mott
(for Ag teachers & students)

12:00 p.m.
Program Concludes

(Tentative Contest Listing)
(Subject to change)

Registration for all Ag Engineering Contests will be in Curtis-Mott Lounge.

Ag Engineering Field Demonstrations – Demonstrations of the latest technology will be ongoing throughout the morning.  

Industry Expo – Industry Expo – Representatives from the businesses supporting the programs in the Ag Engineering Department will be on site to discuss employment in our industry.  Come see some of the high-tech equipment you could work with in the future!     

Hydraulic & Light Construction Equipment Operation Contest – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (Individual Contest)
Part 1: 
Student must pass preliminary written test on safe operation and use of controls for the machines to be operated in the contest (Reference:  Machine Operator’s Manuals)
Part 2:  Students may choose from 1 of the 3 contests listed below….

  • Operation of a John Deere 317 Skid Steer with foot controls through a timed obstacle course.
  • Operation of a John Deere 650H Dozer through a timed blade-control training course.
  • Operation of a Bobcat ZTS Excavator moving objects in a confined space. Operator’s choice of        Backhoe or Excavator control patterns.
    NOTE:  Limit of 2 contestants from each school in each of the three options in part 2


Small Gas Engines & Troubleshooting Contest – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – (Individual Contest)
Each contestant will take a timed, written and hands-on test consisting of such topics/tasks as: Overhead valve tappet adjustment, parts identification, engine operation theory, tool identification and electrical/electronic engine troubleshooting principles.  Two individual contestants per school.  Contestants must provide their own safety glasses.  Tools are not required.

Tractor Driving Contest – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  – North Field Behind Curtis-Mott Hall (Individual Contest)
1.  Two-wheel trailer event.     2.  Four-wheel wagon event.  NOTE:  Contest is open to students age 14 and older, with experience in the safe operation of modern agricultural tractors.  No limit to the number of contestants per school.

Welding Contest– 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  – Curtis-Mott Hall 110 (Individual Contest) 
Part 1: 
Written exam on safety and general knowledge. 
Part 2:  Arc Welding:  Contestants will be expected to make a one-sided open electric arc butt weld and a one-sided horizontal fillet weld.  NOTE:  Three individual contestants per school.  Contestants must supply helmet, gloves, and safety glasses. 

Dairy Cattle Judging Contest – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (Individual and Team Contest) The contest will consist of four classes; comprised of cows or heifers from Holstein, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss and Jersey breeds.  Five questions will be asked on two classes.  Questions will serve as the tie-breaker for both teams and individuals.  Twelve minutes will be allowed for each class.  A school may enter a maximum of two teams or eight contestants.  A team will consist of 4 members.  The top three scoring contestants will comprise the team score, the lowest scoring contestant will be the alternate and will also be eligible for individual honors.

Dairy & Livestock Skillathon Contest– 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (Individual Contest) The contest will consist of identification and description of various aspects of the livestock and dairy industries.  Materials may be identification of breeds, equipment, health products, parts of the animal, dairy products, meat products and industry knowledge questions.


Dairy Processing Center Open House
9:00 – 11:30 a.m. The Dairy Processing Center will be open to visitors to showcase the equipment used to bottle milk and make cheese, yogurt and ice cream.  Samples of milk and cheese curd will be available.  The Dairy Processing Center is located next to the dairy barn.

Equine Competition Contest – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  – Equestrian Center (Individual Contest)
Contest will be conducted with a strong hands-on component including conformation, assessment, anatomy, and tack identification.  Students compete as individuals.  Team scores will be tallied.  Contest will be conducted at the Upper Equine Center.

Meat Processing Lab9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Students can view the processing of various meat products at the Meat Lab in CANR 032. 


Business, Culinary, and Ag Business Trivia Blast Contest – 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us to test your trivia skills! A combination of brain-twisting business and celebrity entrepreneur questions, Curious Culinary equipment and/or images, identification of delicious culinary smells and images, and Farm-to-Table knowledge items will be the highlight of your day away from High School!

Make Me Laugh — Humor in Advertising

What’s that Smell? — Culinary Potpourri

Ag Business — Down on the “Farm-to-Table”

Carriage House Marketplace and Café Open House9:00 – 11:30 a.m. The Carriage House is an official Taste New York retail location featuring local and campus-made products.  During High School Day, $1 hot dogs and $1 ice cream cones will be available for purchase in addition to other baked goods and other specialty foods.  The Carriage House is also offering free coffee to all FFA advisors and chaperones.  The Carriage House is located next to the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources on Schoharie Parkway North.

Cupcake Contest – 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Team Contest) Three different varieties (different cake/different frosting). You must present 4 each of the 3 different cupcake varieties. One team (up to 4 members) may enter their best cupcakes. Your cupcakes will be judged on the quality and flavor of the cake, the frosting, creativity, and presentation. You must include a copy of your recipes with your entry. Competitors will display their cupcakes plated for the judges to taste. Competitors will be given a 36” space for their display. Cupcakes should be pre-baked but teams may complete some final assembly on site if necessary. Cupcakes must be set up and ready for judging by 10:00 AM. Students may pick up their displays at by 11:30. Please note: Due to a space constraint this year, there will be a limit of 1 team per school for this contest and there will only be 20 spaces available. Reservations for a space can be made by email to yaniskdm@cobleskill.edu

Regional Food Identification9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Individual Contest) Can you tell a rutabaga from a parsnip? Can you recognize an acorn squash? Do you know the difference between a mussel and a clam? Test your culinary skills as you attempt to identify up to 15 American regional food products.


Canine Area Open House9:00 – 11:30 a.m. The Canine Department will present a guided tour of Animal Science Building A and observe a (ANSC 142X-“handlers’) lab in progress. Kyle McCraith will discuss the Canine Program, its history, current events, and future. Guests will get to experience a working lab and interact with students, faculty, and dogs. 

Early Childhood Open House – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Come to the Early Childhood Lab Preschool and participate in Parachute Play with Early Childhood Professors and the Lead Preschool Teacher. Representatives from Early Childhood will be on hand to showcase what we do to help prepare college students to work and play with young children and families. 

Fish Hatchery Open House 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. –

Fisheries & Wildlife – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  – (Individual Contest)
Participants will be asked to identify fish and wildlife species common to New York State. 

Herpetology Open House – 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wildlife Management students
will provide supervision and instruction on the general life, care and handling of common reptiles found in New York.  Participants will have the opportunity to handle various species of live reptiles. 

Insect Identification – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.– Individual Contest)
The identification by common name of 25 injurious and beneficial insects found in New York State. 

Forage & Seed Identification – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Individual Contest)

Identification of common northeastern U.S. forages by seed and vegetative parts. 

Forest Tree Identification
– 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Individual Contest)
Trees chosen from Cornell 4-H Bulletin J-85.  May use branches with or without fruits and fruits alone.

Insect Identification – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (Individual Contest)

The identification by common name of 25 injurious and beneficial insects found in New York State. 

Landscape Design Competition – 9:00 a.m. (Individual Contest)
Test your skills in creating an extreme mini landscape makeover for a client. Contestants will be given a base map of the project site and a list of client’s needs and requests. Students will be given one hour to come up with a concept and draw their design on the base map. All drafting supplies will be provided for the contestants. The contest will begin promptly

at 9 am. Students are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early for directions.  

Putting Green Demonstration – 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. 
Test your putting skills on our SUNY Cobleskill putting green located in front of Curtis-Mott Hall.  Greens are created and maintained by our students in the Turfgrass and Golf Turf programs. 

Weed Identification – 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  (Individual Contest)

Identification of common northeastern U.S. weeds by seed and vegetative parts.

Thank you to our generous High School Day Sponsors!