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SCW TSA Finalists at National Competition

July 22, 2013

The St. Clare Walker Middle School Technology Student Association competed at the 2013 National TSA Conference in Orlando, Florida. More than 5,500 people attended the annual conference, held from June 28th to July 2nd at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Middle and high school student members 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.”

Front row: Jack Ruark, Kenneth Beam, Jack Graulich   2nd row: Brooke Daniel, Tyler Radabaugh, Cole Radabaugh, Chloe Hodges   back row: Andrew Hudson, Jerry Lindsey, Advisor Mr. Matthew Short, Jeffery Jones, Kevin Horton

Row 1: Jack Ruark, Kenneth Beam, Jack Graulich
Row 2: Brooke Daniel, Tyler Radabaugh, Cole Radabaugh, Chloe Hodges
Row 3: Andrew Hudson, Jerry Lindsey, Advisor Mr. Matthew Short, Jeffery Jones, Kevin Horton

Students were also 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 eighteen 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 ten 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 Web site that featured the team’s research about a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (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 here.

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 8 ½ x 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.

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.

The SCW TSA would like to sincerely thank the following individuals and businesses for financial contributions that helped get them to the National Conference event: Bob and Carolyn Boxley, C&F Bank, Dr. Ben Lennon, DDS, EVB Bank, Eric and Elizabeth Faudree, Thomas and Betty Lou Frazier, Gloucester Pharmacy, Bill McCarron, Middlesex Kiwanis Club, Kathy Osborne, Revere Gas, Rufus and Diane Ruark, Evan and Sandra Vanleeuwen, and Vernon and Bonnie Williams. Also, thank you to Cooks Corner Car Wash and Harrow’s Home Center for sponsoring the SCW TSA fundraiser and those who came out to support the event.

The SCW TSA would like to thank the following for assistance with specific student competitions: The Deltaville Maritime Museum Executive Board and Vice President, Bill Powell, and Park Director, Marvin Tiller, Student Resource Officer and Deputy Ben Langford, Dwayne Dunlevy of the Office of Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, Delegate Keith Hodges, Kelly Lowe of Lowe Tide, Kristee Norwood of Portraits by Kristee, Fred Hodges, and TSA Alumnus Stephen Blue.

The SCW TSA students are encouraged by all they have learned throughout the Regional, State, and National TSA Conferences and look forward to competing well in the 2013-2014 school year. SCW TSA Advisor, Matthew Short, is proud of the many accomplishments by the students and is excited for the future of the Middlesex TSA chapters. The 2014 National TSA Conference will take place in Washington, D.C. next summer.

Written by Lauren Radabaugh

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