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Two MHS TSA students qualify for state contest

Members of the Middlesex High School Technology Student Association (TSA) team include Amberly Blakley (front); and back row from left, Johnathon Williams, MHS TSA Chapter president; Ridge Ellis; Blake Crittenden; Brett Fochtmann, TSA Regional president; and Will Fochtmann. 

Members of the Middlesex High School Technology Student Association (TSA) recently took honors at the Tidewater Regional Fair held at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach.

Along with TSA regional members from throughout Coastal Virginia, Chargers competed in the following areas: Debating of Technological Issues, Extemporaneous Speech, and Desktop Publishing.

Representing Middlesex High were Brett Fochtmann, Amberly Blakley, Will Fochtmann, Johnathon Williams, Ridge Ellis and Blake Crittenden. 

Currently, B. Fochtmann is Tidewater Regional TSA president and serves on Virginia’s Executive Committee. His presentation and organizational skills were integral to the overall success of this year’s TSA Regional Fair as he helped with its planning and was a primary speaker during the event’s assemblies of participants.

Williams, MHS Chapter president, wowed the judges with his speaking abilities and was awarded first place in Extemporaneous Presentation for the Tidewater Region.

Crittenden also impressed judges with his written and graphic presentations, winning third place in Desktop Publishing for the Tidewater Region.

The next step for Williams and Crittenden is to compete on the state level against other regional finalists from throughout Virginia at the annual “Technosphere” state convention in Richmond May 2-4. At that time, TSA members also will compete in other events available only at the state level. Any students who place at the state level will qualify to compete against other finalists from across the United States later this summer at the National TSA Convention in Washington, D.C. 

“As you can see from the students’ faces in the photo above, a rewarding and fun time was had by all!” said MHS TSA faculty advisor Kim Owens.

posted 03.19.2014

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