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Middlesex students earn national honors

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Members of the St. Clare Walker Middle School TSA team are, front row from left, Jack Ruark, Kenneth Beam and Jack Graulich; 2nd row, Brooke Daniel, Tyler Radabaugh, Cole Radabaugh and Chloe Hodges; back row, Andrew Hudson, Jerry Lindsey, advisor Matthew Short, Jeffery Jones and Kevin Horton.

by Lauren Radabaugh

The St. Clare Walker (SCW) Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) competed from June 28-July 2 at the 2013 National TSA Conference in Orlando, Florida. More than 5,500 people attended the annual conference, which was held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

Middle and high school TSA students competed in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. The conference celebrated the contributions of advancing technology in our society and TSA’s 35th anniversary with the theme “A Tradition of Excellence.”

Students also were able to participate in leadership training sessions, career and education fairs, STEM educational products and services demonstrations, and a national service project for the American Cancer Society.

Participants from SCW TSA included: Kenneth Beam, Brooke Daniel, Jack Graulich, Chloe Hodges, Kevin Horton, Andrew Hudson, Jerry Lindsey, Jeffery Jones, Cole Radabaugh, Tyler Radabaugh, Jack Ruark, and SCW TSA advisor Matthew Short. The students competed in 18 individual and team events, and exchanged ideas with fellow TSA students across 47 states and the countries of Germany and Turkey.

The following St. Clare Walker Middle School students ranked as finalists (top 10 placements), and were recognized and presented with 2013 National Finalist Pins at the awards ceremony:

• Brooke Daniel, Chloe Hodges, Cole Radabaugh, Tyler Radabaugh, and Jack Ruark received 4th place for the Nation in Website Design. Participants were required to design, build and launch a World Wide Website that featured the team’s research about a STEM-related topic. Semifinalists participated in an on-site interview to demonstrate the knowledge and expertise gained during the development of the website. This year’s website theme was “Advancements in Law Enforcement.” The SCW TSA website entry can be viewed at http://www.scwprotectsandserves.weebly.com

• Tyler Radabaugh received 5th place for the Nation in Transportation Systems. Participants worked individually to apply and document the engineering design process and mathematical principles and scientific concepts used in the research, design, construction, testing and evaluation of a rubber band-powered boat. Performance ratings of the boats were based on a combination of speed and payload capability measurements.

• Jack Graulich received 9th place for the Nation in Communication Challenge. Participants designed and produced: (1) a trifold brochure that promotes the chapter; (2) an effective sponsor support request on chapter letterhead, and (3) an 8½-by-11-inch glossy, two-sided postcard promoting TSA’s current national service project. Semifinalists were determined and were given the challenge at the competition to determine finalists. Semifinalists had to creatively design a solution to an on-site problem using their computers they brought.

St. Clare Walker TSA students will return to the community with experience competing against the best in the nation and having gained expertise and knowledge from peers from across the country. More information is available on the national TSA website at http://www.tsaweb.org.

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posted 07.10.2013

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