Orioles have strong showing in TSA regionals


Special to the SWT

DALEVILLE—On Saturday, March 2, the local chapter of the Pulaski Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) competed in the Blue Ridge Regional Fair at Lord Botetourt High School. TSA prepares students to thrive in a technical world through competitive events, networking, and leadership opportunities.

The Orioles’ TSA club is organized and supervised by Mr. Kenneth Michell. The PMS Tech Ed teacher has taught and advised a TSA Chapter for 38 years. Mitchell was named “Advisor of the Year” in Georgia twice and “National Advisor of the Year” once.

In the Career Prep competition, participants conduct research on a selected technology-related career and use the knowledge gained to prepare a resume and cover letter, complete a job application, and participate in a mock interview. Pulaski Middle School seventh grader Joseph Ainsworth captured first place, followed by Allison Caudill, second; Shianne Cummins, third, and Cheyenne Hinkle, fourth.

The Communication Challenge competition has participants design and produce the following:

A tri-fold brochure that promotes the chapter,

An effective sponsor support request on chapter letterhead, and

An 8 ½ x 11 inch glossy, two-sided postcard promoting TSA’s current national service project.

Semifinalists work creatively under constraints to design a solution to an on-site problem. PMS’s eighth grader Lexi King was crowned champion of this competition followed by Joseph Ainsworth in second place.

In the popular dragster competition, participants design, produce working drawings for, and build a CO2-powered dragster according to stated specifications and using only certain specified materials.

Seventh grader Cullen Stanley became the first Oriole to advance to state competition by placing second. Hagan Smith had the fastest dragster in the competition, but just missed going to state by placing in fourth place. Ethan Silex placed fifth, followed by Warren Crandell in sixth and Jacob Mitchell in seventh place.

The Promotional Design competition had participants create and produce a color pin design appropriate for trading at the national TSA conference. Eighth grader Shianne Cummins placed third, followed by Emily Slate in fourth, Joseph Ainsworth in fifth, and Lexi King in sixth.

In the System Control Technology competition, participants develop a computer-controlled model solution to a problem provided on-site. Typically, the problem is a scenario of a situation in an industrial setting that requires a solution.

Teams analyze the problem, build a computer-controlled mechanical model, program the model, explain the program and mechanical features of the model-solution, and leave instructions for operating the device.


The PMS team of Warren Crandell, Jay Townley and Dakota Sayers placed second. PMS’s team of Cherokee Widner, Allison Caudill and Josh Lambert placed third. Both teams advanced to the state competition in Richmond to be held May 5.

In the Transportation System competition, participants apply and document the engineering design process, mathematical principles and scientific concepts used in the research, design, construction, testing and evaluation of a rubber band-powered boat. Performance ratings of the boat are based on a combination of speed and payload capability measurements. PMS eighth grader James Hoadley placed fourth.




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