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SCW Relay For Life Team Surpasses Goal

May 24, 2014

Relay 2014

St. Clare Walker’s Relay For Life team had their most successful year yet! The team, made up of SCA and Builders Club members, raised over $1,900! Throughout the 2013-2014 school year, the team held multiple fundraisers to help combat cancer. Starting back in October, a movie night was held where students paid an entry charge to watch a movie on the big screen in the auditorium and enjoy delicious snacks during intermission. A second movie night was held in April. Hat Days were a huge hit because students were able to pay to wear a hat all day and show their support in the fight against cancer.

The Friday before Spring break, the SCA and Builders Club hosted their yearly Variety Show for the entire school. All admission fees went to the Relay For Life team’s cause. This is an annual event so be sure to look for information so that you can attend next year!

One of the most successful fundraisers was the annual coin drive competition. This is a yearly competition held in the spring to see which homeroom can come together to collect the most money for the American Cancer Society. This year’s winning homeroom was Mrs. Harrow’s sixth grade group. The homeroom raised over $140!

The night of the big event, the team sold pizza, drinks, and pixie sticks to put forth their last donation. Everyone enjoyed a night of fun, while the whole time, remembering and honoring those who have fought cancer or are continuing the fight. Emilie Smith, SCA president, who has participated in Relay For Life for the past three years, describes the experience as a “fun and exciting way to fight cancer.”

A special recognition goes to Hannah Williams who was the team’s top fundraiser. Hannah has been SCW’s top fundraiser for the past three years!

The SCW team would like to thank everyone who has supported the team this year. Please continue to listen and watch for future events and fundraisers!

Emilie Smith, SCA president, has participated in Relay For Life for the past three years while at SCW, she describes the experience as a “fun and exciting way to fight cancer.”

SCW FIRST Robotics Team Competes at Regionals

November 14, 2013

On November 9, 2013, the FIRST Robotics team from St. Clare Walker Middle School attended the regional competition at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond. SCW Club members have been preparing for two months and developed an invention, prototype, and programmed a robot to perform specific tasks.

FIRST Robotics Club 2013- 1st Place Research Project

Standing from left to right – Jacob Winn, Jerry Lindsey, Chloe Hodges, Kenneth Beam, Tyler Radabaugh, Jack Graulich, Jack Ruark. Kneeling in front – Cole Ruark

This year, FIRST Robotics had a theme of “Nature’s Fury,” which includes all natural disasters. The team developed an invention that would help people prepare, survive, and recover from a hurricane. Students came up with the “Flash Wall,” a device that resembles a wall that pops up from the ground using hydraulics surrounding your home.  The Flash Wall should theoretically prevent water from reaching your home during flash floods resulting from hurricanes.

The SCW team researched damage to Middlesex County from Hurricane Isabel in 2003.  The students came up with an alternate resource to use to make the Flash Wall with cenocell, a material made from compressed coal ash.  Each year, 125 million pounds of waste can be recycled into cenocell.  This material is lighter, cheaper, stronger, and more environmentally friendly than concrete.  For additional guidance, the students interviewed Mark Nugent, Emergency Services Coordinator for Middlesex County, and he gave his opinion on different aspects of the Flash Wall prototype and presentation.

For the competition, students were required to build a LEGO Mindstorms robot that would perform tasks on an official FIRST Robotics mat.  The robot had to be programmed to complete tasks such as pushing a person from one place to another, pushing a lever that released an airplane, and capturing objects on the mat.  At the competition, the students were evaluated on the robot’s performance and robot design, the project solution, and a core values test.  FIRST Robotics insists each member much be respectful of each other and enjoy themselves at the competition.  The core values test graded each of the FIRST Robotics members on their teamwork and graciousness throughout the whole competition, as well as how they treated others.

The SCW team achieved highly in each category and received first place for their research project, which included scoring on the presentation to the judges.  Unfortunately, the SCW team did not qualify to advance to the state competition, but the students are very pleased with their win and learned a lot.  The students look forward to performing even better in all categories next year.

Students on the SCW FIRST Robotics team include  Kenneth Beam, Jack Graulich, Chloe Hodges, Jerry Lindsey, Tyler Radabaugh, Cole Ruark, Jack Ruark, and Jacob Winn.  Team member Brayden Miller was unable to attend.  The team was coached by Matthew Short, SCW Technology Teacher, and mentored by Kathy Ruark, technology coordinator for Middlesex County Public Schools.

Written by Jack Graulich and Tyler Radabaugh

Interactive Algebra at SCW

October 28, 2013
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A student’s interactive notebook from Mrs. Norris’ class.

This year all of Mrs. Norris’ students have been working on an interactive notebook in algebra. Their notebook is a mathematic tool that will represent their experience in math class. These students have created foldables, color coordinated notes, investigated vocabulary meanings, and much more. At this time, Mrs. Norris’ algebra class is working on Unit 2, which covers equations and inequalities. Along with their interactive notebook, the students created posters illustrating their ability to construct algebraic proofs.

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Algebraic proof posters on display in the hallway.

In addition to the posters, students also played a game using equation cards. The objective of the game was to match the steps for solving an equation.  Students determined the order of play.  On an individual’s turn, the student picked the card with the equation on it and picked a card with the first step in solving the equation.  The next player picked a card that would be the next step in solving the equation.  They continued play until the equation was solved.  After solving the equation, players picked another equation to be solved and started over.

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Briana Rios, Ivie Santiago, and Tyler Scott playing the equation game.

Mrs. Norris states, “The interactive notebooks have made my students more responsible for their own learning. They have become more involved in the lessons, more attentive during the activities, and more precise in their note taking.”

Written by Laura Norris

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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Teachers of the Year

May 10, 2013

In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, faculty and staff at each of the three Middlesex County schools honored Teachers of the Year. Candidates were nominated and finalists were selected by their colleagues at each school.

This is the second consecutive year that teachers have been awarded this distinction. The honor recognizes exemplary teaching service both in the classroom and within the school community and embodies teacher leadership and instructional innovation. This year’s selections represent the many highly skilled and dedicated professionals who serve Middlesex County’s children each day.

Patty Larson, Kindergarten, Middlesex Elementary School

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Ms. Larson proudly shared her beliefs about teaching saying, “If you love and care about your students, they will learn. I believe that when students know how much we care about them, they will try their best and exceed our expectations. I feel that every child counts each and everyday. We must invest our time in them now, so that our investment will blossom in the future. Children are a precious gift, and I love being there tohelp them grow, succeed, and develop a love of learning. When my students accomplish something we have been working on, you will find me wiping the tears from my eyes because I am a proud teacher. I am passionate when it comes to each child reaching his/her personal best. I feel that all children can learn, and I want to be their loudest cheerleader, encouraging and helping them to create that emotional attachment to learning for the rest of their lives.”

Elizabeth Sanders, Language Arts & History, St. Clare Walker Middle School

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A native of Lancaster, Mrs. Sanders is completing her fourth year of teaching. She confidently says, “The most important thing I can offer my students is encouragement. I believe that every child is capable of being successful. They just need a little help finding the success in themselves.”

Mrs. Sanders earned a Bachelor of Science at James Madison University, a Master of Arts in Teaching also from JMU, and is working toward a Master of Education in Policy, Planning, and Leadership at The College of William and Mary.

Elizabeth currently resides in Lancaster with her husband Dan and their four-year-old Labrador Riggins.

Hugh Scanlan, English, Middlesex High School

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A lifetime resident of West Point, Mr. Scanlan has taught English for over three decades. Mr. Scanlan says, “As an English teacher, I have always felt that I have three goals: to help my students become critical thinkers, to make them more competent writers, and to help them understand that true learning is only accomplished by testing their capabilities through trial-and–error development. To me, literature and  literary history are simply means to an end. They provide models for students to work within their gradual evolution as thinkers and writers.”

Mr. Scanlan earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Richmond. He and his wife, Charlotte, have been married for 43 years.

Teacher Feature – Elizabeth Sanders

April 30, 2013

Encouragement – Elizabeth Sanders states this to be the most important thing she can offer her students. “Every child is capable of being successful; they just need to find the success in themselves and believe in themselves.”

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Elizabeth Sanders in her classroom on Hat Day which raises money for the SCW Relay For Life team.

Sanders teaches seventh grade students language arts and history at St. Clare Walker. Before coming to SCW 3 years ago, she taught language arts at Peasley Middle School in Gloucester. A native of Lancaster, Virginia, and graduate of Lancaster High, Sanders still resides there with her husband of almost one year.

After high school graduation, Sanders earned a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Art in Education from James Madison University. She declares, “I bleed purple!” concerning her JMU alumni status. Currently, Sanders is working toward her Master’s in Educational Leadership from William and Mary.

In her classroom, the focus is on reading. Sanders loves teaching novel units. She explains, “I enjoy sharing my love for reading, and I am always looking to spark an interest in my students.  When my students start talking about the novel we’re reading without me asking questions first, I know they’re connecting with the book. What’s even better is when a student asks, ‘Is there are sequel?’ or ‘Are there anymore books by this author?’” Every year, Sanders feels her main goal is to keep students engaged in school, and one way she accomplishes this is by helping students deepen or discover their love for reading.

Student role-play is another activity Sanders uses to enrich her students’ reading experience. This year she collaborated with Judy Murray, the SCW media specialist, on a Jerry Spinelli study. After reading Spinelli’s autobiography, Knots in My Yo-Yo String, students read another of the author’s works on their own and completed further research on Spinelli. Following their research, students were grouped together to do Spinelli interviews. Each group had someone play the role of Spinelli, and the rest of the students in the group were either interviewers or cameramen. Through this activity, students were exposed to an author and were able to show their acting skills during the interviews. Sanders states, “The creativity was amazing to watch. I feel that any activity that gets students thinking outside of the box is great!”

In addition to her time in the classroom, Sanders touches the lives of all SCW students through her work as sponsor of SCW’s Student Council Association. Each year, Sanders hosts the SOL pep rally, the variety show, and many other activities for the entertainment and enjoyment of the entire staff and student body of the school. She also sponsors the SCW Relay For Life team, and encourages all students to be community-minded and serve others.

With all that Sanders does for the students of SCW, it’s hard to imagine that she has any free time to herself. In addition to reading when she does manage to carve out a few moments, she enjoys scrapbooking, spending time with friends, and going to the beach, and she is a fan of the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Redskins.

The dedication Elizabeth Sanders has to the students of SCW makes her an asset to Middlesex Schools, and her nomination as SCW Teacher of the Year by her colleagues shows that others recognize her remarkable performance. She is a true asset to the MCPS family.

Teacher Feature – Judy Murray

April 23, 2013

As a 35-year veteran of Middlesex County Public Schools, Judy Murray has touched the lives of hundreds, maybe even a thousand children in our community. Currently the media center specialist at St. Clare Walker, Murray has also filled the roles of first grade teacher, technology specialist, and instructional technology resource teacher during her years as an educator.

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As the media center specialist, Murray strives to help students learn to use the media center effectively because in today’s information-driven world, the use of technology is necessary for the future success of the students. Murray also collaborates with teachers to help reinforce skills the students are learning in the classroom to ensure their understanding of required concepts. In addition to the technology and information focus of her lessons, Murray also enjoys the traditional tasks of helping students find a book or genre that will increase their love of reading.

Murray believes the most important thing she can offer her students is “exposure to many uses of the library from research skills and exploring websites to media and how it is used.” She also openly shares her love of reading and thirst for knowledge with her students so they realize “you’re never too old to learn.”

When asked about her favorite lessons, Murray answered, “I like lessons that actively involve the students.” One such lesson for her sixth grade students includes learning the Dewey Decimal System through an activity in which students hunt the library shelves to fill in missing information from a story. Another lesson, one for her seventh grade students, requires online research and the creation of a display describing a reading series in the media center to pique the interest of other students.

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Murray’s vast experience and knowledge in education have been recognized in many ways. She is a former Region 3 Technology Teacher of the Year, and she was also the first teacher to earn the “Making It Happen” award for integrating technology in the classroom. Murray has also earned the title of Master Teacher from Intel Education and has trained other educators in the use of Intel’s technology resources for the classroom.

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When not at school, Murray plays clarinet in the Peninsula Concert Band and enjoys sewing, reading, knitting and crocheting, music, and computers. Murray lives in Gloucester with her husband, Bill, who retired from Middlesex County Public Schools last year after a distinguished teaching career. They have two daughters, one who is married and recently gave them a brand new grandson. The Murrays also have a dog and two cats.

Murray’s love of children, technology, and reading has helped many students discover interests and achieve success throughout her years of teaching. Middlesex County is fortunate to have educators such as Murray who dedicate their careers to our community.

National Junior Honors Society at SCW

April 7, 2013

St. Clare Walker Middle School is excited to announce its recent establishment as a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), a prestigious organization which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of middle school students specifically in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character.  Membership in this society is a privilege, and St. Clare Walker has a number of students who are deserving of that honor. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to use their unique talents and skills to improve their community.  Members will participate in chapter service projects as well as individual service projects.

Students will be selected for membership in the spring of 2014. St. Clare Walker desires to provide families and students ample time to prepare for this wonderful opportunity. In order to be considered for NJHS membership, students must meet certain selection criteria in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, character, and teacher evaluations. Please continue reading to understand the selection process.

Scholarship:

To initially be considered for membership, students must hold a 3.75 GPA or higher.  Once students meet the GPA requirement, they will be evaluated in the areas of leadership, service, citizenship, and character.

Leadership:

Students must be able to demonstrate three leadership roles they have held since 6th grade either in the school or in the community.

Examples of leadership roles include but are not limited to:

  • Successfully holding a position in SCA or Builder’s Club
  • Demonstrating proactive club membership
  • Consistently setting a positive examples for peers
  • Successfully holding a leadership role in a sport
  • Successfully holding a position in a church or community organization
  • Taking initiative to enhance civic life of the school and/or community

 

Service:

Candidates for NJHS membership must demonstrate the completion of 10 hours of school or community service and must provide documentation from the adult supervisor of the service activity.  Some examples of service include but are not limited to volunteer work, participation in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, participation in religious groups, and serving as a mentor or a tutor.

Citizenship:

Students are also evaluated on how well they demonstrate the following civic traits: trustworthiness, honesty, courteousness, respectfulness, responsibility, accountability, self-reliance, respect for the law, patriotism, and participation in school and the community.

Character

NJHS supports a multi-faceted definition of character known as the Six Pillars of Character.  A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.  As part of meeting the character requirements, candidates will be required to have a teacher recommendation form completed.

Once members are selected, they are expected to uphold the standards of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character.  Members can be dismissed if they fail to do so.  These instances will be dealt with as they occur.

St. Clare Walker is honored to provide its students with such a valuable opportunity.  Membership into the St. Clare Walker Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society will allow students the occasion to shine by providing members a way to build their character and improve the surrounding community. Thank you for taking the time to talk with your child about this amazing opportunity!

For further questions about NJHS membership, please do not hesitate to contact Melanie Sheets (Chapter Adviser) or Nicole Huntley (Co-Adviser) at 804-758-2561.

A Taste of Reality

March 27, 2013

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On Friday, March 22, the eighth grade students at SCW participated in a Reality Store, an event sponsored by the Virginia Co-operative Extension Office to give students a taste of life as an adult.

Karlee Steffey, Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, explained, “The hope for the Reality Store is that students will get an idea of their financial futures and to make the connection between doing well in school and then doing well in life. This is a great opportunity to really see how much things cost and to jump start their thinking about budgeting.”

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During the event, the eighth grade class divided into three different sessions, each teaching them a different aspect of finances in adulthood.

In one session, students gained knowledge of checking and saving accounts, depositing money, and financial needs versus wants. They were made aware of all deductions taken from paychecks to demonstrate the difference between gross and net pay.

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Another session consisted of students completing a skills assessment, values assessment, and an interest assessment to determine potential careers that match their interests and abilities. Students also filled out sample job applications.

The third session involved a life simulation. Each student received an identity that included information on his or her job, income, and family. Once their identities were established, students had to pay taxes, purchase or rent a home, pay bills, buy groceries, and organize for child care and other necessities.

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Jason Perry, Vice President for Workforce Development at Rappahannock Community College, volunteered at the event along with many other community leaders. Perry stated, “I applaud the staff and administration at St. Clare Walker Middle School for providing career education activities to students in the eighth grade. Unfortunately, with pressures of testing and accountability in our schools, we typically place career education on the ‘back burner.’ The Reality Store is a fabulous way to teach life and career skills. I would hope that more schools in our region would incorporate this program in the future.”

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After it ended, students continued to discuss the event throughout the day. They enjoyed the hands-on activities and being able to connect the lessons to relevant aspects of their lives. When asked about the event, students shared varied responses.

Marty Bristow declared, “I never knew children cost so much!”

“It was very worthwhile and really opened up my eyes about being careful of what I spend,” said Zack Bristow.

Greg Pitts summed up the event well. “Real money doesn’t last very long. Life can hit you hard, and you have to adjust.”

SCW Hosts the 2013 TSA Tidewater Regional Fair

March 13, 2013

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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 middle and high school events. These competitions stress the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts, leadership, and presentation skills.

Virginia Regional fairs are hosted every spring by each of the six TSA regions in Virginia. On Saturday, March 02, 2013, TSA held its Tidewater Regional Fair competition at St. Clare Walker Middle School. Middle school and high school students from all over the region visited Middlesex for this well-attended event. Volunteers from near and far showed their support for these young leaders as judges, coordinators, and/or student supervisors.

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TSA members assembled in the auditorium where regional TSA president, Brett Fochtmann of Middlesex High School, called the meeting to order.  Middlesex County superintendent Dr. Taylor welcomed guests to Middlesex County and congratulated the students for being a part of TSA.

Guest speaker Mr. James Wright, resident of Deltaville Va. and a graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, shared five points for students to keep in mind as they go through life. He was sure to advocate for the importance of technology in today’s society as well as the future. However, he cautioned students to understand that technology “has no emotion, and it can do a lot of good or a lot of harm. It is the people behind the technology who determine the intent of the constantly advancing technology.”

The competition began promptly after the general meeting. Students presented projects that they have been working on throughout the school year. Some of the most popular events were middle and high school Dragster Design, Essays on Technology, and Flight Endurance.

The competition concluded with the presentation of awards. The following St. Clare Walker Middle School students ranked in the top 10 and were recognized at the Tidewater Region awards ceremony:

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Chloe Hodges and Jeffrey Jones received 1st place, Kevin Horton and Andrew Hudson received 2nd place, and Brooke Daniel and Cole Radabaugh received 4th place in the Tidewater Region for Challenging Technology Issues.  Participants worked in teams of two individuals to prepare and deliver an extemporaneous, debate style presentation on a spontaneously assigned technological issue.

Kevin Horton received 3rd place in the Tidewater Region for Digital Photography.  Participants produced an album consisting of color or black and white digital photographs that represent or relate to a chosen theme.  The theme for 2013 was “TSA, Organized Chaos.”

Cole Radabaugh received 1st place, Jerry Lindsey received 2nd place, and Kenneth Beam received 6th place in the Tidewater Region for Dragster Design.  Participants designed and produced a fast CO2 powered dragster according to state specifications and used only certain materials.

Kevin Horton received 5th place in the Tidewater Region for Essays on Technology.  Participants conducted research in specified subtopics of a broader technological area and, using the knowledge and resources gained through that research, wrote a comprehensive essay in thirty minutes on the one subtopic that was designated on site.  The topic for 2013 was “The Positive and Negative Effects of Technology on Today’s Youth.”

Tyler Radabaugh received 1st place, Jack Ruark received 2nd place, Chloe Hodges received 7th place, Andrew Hudson received 8th place, and Cole Radabaugh received 10th place in the Tidewater Region for Flight.  Participants designed and built a glider that stayed in flight for the greatest elapsed time.  Students created a documentation notebook with all components, sketches of test gliders, and assembled glider to be tested at the competition.

Tyler Radabaugh received 2nd place and Jack Ruark received 6th place in the Tidewater Region for Promotional Design.  Participants created and produced a color pin design that would be appropriate for trading at the national TSA conference.

Tyler Radabaugh received 1st place, Jack Ruark received 3rd place, Jerry Lindsey received 5th place, and Jack Graulich received 6th place in the Tidewater Region for Transportation System.  Participants applied and documented the engineering design process, mathematical principals and scientific concepts used in the research, design, construction, testing and evaluation of a rubber band-powered boat.  Performance ratings of the boat were based on a combination of speed and payload capability measurements.

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 state level competition, Technosphere, held May 3- 5. TSA members will also get to compete in new events that are not available at the regional fair. If they place at Technosphere, they need to pack their bags because they’ll be traveling to Orlando Florida to compete at TSA National Conference.

Mr. Odom and Mr. Short, Middlesex HS and SCW TSA advisors, are very much appreciative of the many volunteers and judges that supported the event.

Article written by Matt Short


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