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St. Clare Walker students shine at TSA Regional fair

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St. Clare Walker Middle School students participated in the Tidewater Technology Student Association Regional Fair on March 1. Above, team members include, front from left, Cole Radabaugh, Tyler Radabaugh and Jack Ruark; second row, Amber Daughtry, Chloe Hodges, Marlow Pratt,  Sierra Funk, Saylor Jensen, Clayton West, Joey Hoffman and Autumn Ortman; third row, Brooke Daniel, Cole Ruark, Danielle Jones and Vivian Reinhardt; and back row, Jerry Lindsey, Jeffery Jones, Andrew Hudson and Kevin Horton.

The Technology Student Association (TSA) gives student 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.

Regional fairs are hosted every spring by each of the six TSA regions in Virginia. On March 1, nineteen St. Clare Walker Middle School students competed in the Tidewater TSA Regional Fair, hosted at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Ten Tidewater Region middle schools competed for titles in 19 middle school events. 

Students who placed in the top three at the regional fair will compete against other regional finalists from around the state in those events at the “Technosphere” state competition in Richmond May 2-4. TSA members also will get to compete in new events not available at the regional fair. 

“The students are hopeful to place at the state competition which would lead to being invited to the national event later this year in Washington, D.C.,” said Matthew Short, TSA advisor for St. Clare Walker Middle School. “I’m proud of the many accomplishments by the students and encouraged for the future of the Middlesex TSA chapters.”

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posted 03.05.2014

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