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Technology students represent schools well

Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

Joshua Sayre (l to r) and Caleb Tinsley spend many hours in preparation prior to each competition.

The Middle School and High School Chapters of the Technology Student Association recently competed at the South Central Regional Competition held at Highland Springs High School.  They did an outstanding job and represented the county well.  TSA is the largest student organization dedicated to the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM for short.

Erica Sayre, the middle school president, was elected as the South Central Regions Sergeant at Arms for the second year in a row.  She also placed second in Career Prep, a contest that involves writing resumes and filling out job applications.  Erica had a fourth place finish in Prepared Speech, and a sixth place finish in Digital Photography.  Quinton Lane placed sixth in the Flight competition.   His team consisting of Mathew Chaney, Tayvaun Richardson, Johnny Bass and Angelique Narko won a second place finish in Go Green Manufacturing.  Tayvaun also came in seventh place with his Transportation System.  The System Control Team of Lucas Valleau, Preston Bourne and Taylor Ward came in fourth in a close design of robotic build and programming skills.  Taylor Wendell also came in fourth place with her Promotional Design entry.

The high school did equally as well.  Joshua Sayre, the regional president presided over the events of the day.  He came in second in Career Comparisons, and ninth in Prepared Presentation.  Sayre will be representing the South Central Region at the state conference on the executive council.  Ben Brookman took sixth place in Dragster Design and Courtney Madison took 10th.  Ben also took ninth place in Architectural 2D CADD.  Trey Chisholm,  Ryan Crawford, Alex Main and Rolph Recto took third in Video Game Design.  Trey and Ryan also took fifth in Debating Technological Issues.  Ralph Recto came in first in Essays on Technology and his team including Caleb Tinsley and Joshua Sayre came in third in System Control Technology, a robotics competition.    Rolph Recto finished up the winning weekend with a second place finish in Music Production and a ninth place finish in Extemporaneous Presentation.

The High School and Middle School Chapters are now looking forward to the State Technosphere Competition being held on May 4-6 at the Richmond Convention Center.

Louisa TSA is looking for corporate sponsors and judges to help with the bid for a national winner again this year in Nashville, Tennessee.   Anyone interested in more information about TSA, how to help, or how membership could support a child’s educational experience, contact CPT Tom Bourne, the high school advisor at (804) 986-5264 or