Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Whitewater’s TSA Team Ranked Top 10 in State

Technology students at Whitewater High were fierce competitors at the annual Georgia TSA (Technology Student Association) State Conference, earning their team an overall seventh place state ranking.

The ranking was based on the number of wins and placement levels of individual team members. The following students earned top three placements in their competition areas: Katie Cassidy, first place, prepared presentation; Breanna Summers and Jevan Hutson, first place, debating technological issues; Katie Cassidy, second place, outstanding student; Jevan Hutson, second place, extemporaneous presentation; Francisco Obregon, second place, flight endurance; Guppy Stott, second place, technology bowl (written competition); and Jason Menko, third place, technical sketching and application.

As the second place winner in the outstanding student competition, Katie Cassidy was awarded a $500 scholarship.

The team also had outstanding performances in other areas of competition, placing fifth through 10th in biotechnology design, chapter team, construction renovation, digital video production, engineering design, fashion design, and technology bowl.

Student performance at the state level determined those advancing to the national conference in Dallas, Texas this June. Whitewater’s national competitors are Breanna Summers, Jevan Hutson, Katie Cassidy, Francisco Obregon, Jason Menko, Tyler Etchart, Will Dent, Ashley Larrow, Callie Sheffer, Avery Dingler, and Guppy Stott.

Georgia TSA’s annual state conference provides students opportunities beyond the traditional classroom and laboratory setting, allowing them to add to their increased knowledge and understanding of an ever-changing technical world.

Carolyn Smith, engineering and technology teacher, is Whitewater’s TSA advisor.

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