A Texas Sized Challenge for Lowndes County TSA Members

| July 9, 2015

LHS and HMS TSA National Conference Attendees

VALDOSTA — Lowndes High School and Hahira Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) members recently attended the TSA National Conference held at the Gaylord Resort in Dallas Texas. While at the conference, the students competed in a variety competitive events against TSA students from 47 states and two countries (Turkey and Germany), attended leadership/business sessions, and created new friendships with students from around the globe.

Students began their journey to national competition way back in August of 2014 by selecting an event, working tireless hours after school and at home, and attending the Georgia State TSA conference held back in March of 2015. After returning from state competition, the students not only had to fine tune their projects for a higher level of competition, they also were required to participate in numerous fundraising activities to help pay for the cost of traveling such a long distance. Fundraising activities included, filming graduation, contacting local businesses for donations and putting on engineering camps for younger kids in the community.

With anywhere from 75-150 entries in each event offered at the conference, getting a spot on stage at the awards ceremony is extremely difficult. However, the hard work and dedication of this group would pay dividends. Lowndes High’s Vex Robotics team comprised of Reid Lindsey, Trevor Terry, Phoebe Bills and Ethan Wetherington finished with a 3-1 record, falling just short in the quarterfinals. Jack Crawford placed 10th in dragster challenge for the performance of his CO2 dragster. Ethan Wetherington, Phoebe Bills, and Reid Lindsey also earned a trip on stage for their Animatronics entry that placed 8th.

For Hahira Middle, the team of Tate Green, Emily Wilson, Preston Crawford, Kathryn Crawford, and Liam Wetherington earned 6th place with their entry in Go Green Manufacturing. In the popular event of Inventions and Innovations, the team comprised of Kathryn Crawford, Jacob Fiveash, Sarah Cole, Preston Crawford and Liam Wetherington received 7th place for their Solar Chair that charges electronic devices.

Lowndes County TSA students were also busy at the conference in leadership roles. Lowndes High’s recent graduate, Laura Wilson, completed her term as the 2015-2016 National TSA Secretary by conducting several general assemblies and a regional state officer meeting. Current LHS junior and Georgia TSA State President Trevor Terry along with Georgia TSA’s 2nd Vice President Preston Crawford (Hahira Middle School) led the Georgia delegation in multiple meetings as well. Continuing the tradition of Lowndes County students leading the state and national TSA associations is Lowndes High Junior Jack Crawford. Jack ran a successful campaign to secure the office of National TSA Vice President for the 2015-2016 school year.

This event closed the chapter on another successful year of Lowndes County TSA. Lowndes High and Hahira Middle would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions that aided in our student’s efforts to showcase their talents and represent Lowndes County Schools on a national stage. Thanks to Lovell Engineering, Langdale Honda/Kia, TTL, Guardian Bank, First State Bank, Commercial Banking Company, Stacey’s Sweets, The Slice, Hahira Automotive, Monkey Britches, and Adams Orthodontics.

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