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SCW TSA wins at state, headed to nationals

Members of the St. Clare Walker Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) team include, front row from left, Cole Ruark, Saylor Jensen, Amber Daughtry, Serria Funk, Autumn Ortman, Chloe Hodges and Clayton Weston; middle row, Vivian Reinhardt, Jack Ruark, Tyler Radabaugh, Joey Hoffman, Danielle Jones, Brooke Daniel and Edgar Gonzalez; and back row, Cole Radabaugh, Jerry Lindsey, Jeffery Jones, Andrew Hudson and Kevin Horton.

by Lauren Radabaugh

The Technology Student Association (TSA) gives members opportunities for leadership and personal growth in all areas of technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Through TSA’s regional, state and national competitions, members can challenge themselves in over 60 different categories in middle and high school. These competitions stress the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts, leadership, and presentation skills.

On May 2-4, 19 St. Clare Walker (SCW) Middle School TSA students competed at the Virginia TSA Technosphere 2014 State Leadership Conference at the Richmond Convention Center. The purpose of Technosphere is to bring together like-minded, self-driven students from across the Commonwealth who are passionate about technology and STEM education to one large conference to help focus their interests through related competitions and leadership. At Technosphere, 849 middle school students competed from 43 middle schools throughout the state. 

Middlesex County Public Schools received 5th place for the Lynn P. Barrier Outstanding School Division-Middle School Level, which recognizes the highest achieving school systems in the competition.

St. Clare Walker Middle School received 6th place for the Arvid W. Van Dyke Outstanding School Awards-Middle School Level, which recognizes the highest achieving individual schools in the competition. 

Numerous St. Clare Walker Middle School students ranked as finalists (top 10 placements) and were recognized and presented with 2014 Finalist Pins at the awards ceremony. Trophies were presented to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers.

For more information regarding SCW TSA or to assist the team financially in raising funds for the trip to the National Conference, please contact Matthew Short, advisor, at 758-2561 or email .

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 05.07.2014

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