In early April, four Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools competed in the Technology Student Association state conference. Teacher Natalie Norman filed the report below. For more stories, go to Your Permanent Record.
By Guest Writer Natalie Norman
Project Lead The Way teacher, Hanes Magnet School
APRIL 11, 2017 – At the Technology Student Association state conference there are more than 60 events between middle and high school competitions. This year, there were more than 1,200 competitors in these events. All Forsyth County teams came home with at least one first-place finish. Many had multiple awards.
- West Forsyth High School had 18 students compete and came home with one first-place and two third-place finishes. West Forsyth also had the honor of having a student elected to a state office. Pavan Meka was elected to the office of Sergeant at Arms.
- Atkins Academic & Technology High School took 42 students to compete. While at the competition they won five first-place, five second-place, and three third-place finishes. Atkins also shared the joy of having a student elected to a state office. Neil Williamson won the office of Vice President.
- Walkertown Middle School had six students compete. They brought home one first-place, one second-place and one third-place finish in the state.
- Hanes Middle School had 31 students compete. Hanes won fifteen first-place, seven second-place and six third-place finishes. Hanes was also awarded second-place in the state for American Cancer Society fundraising (the TSA philanthropy). Hanes also won its sixth straight Chapter of the Year title for Middle Schools. This award is determined by leadership activities, ACS fundraising and competitive events results.
Many of these students will be planning to attend the TSA National conference in Orlando, Fla. this June.
The advisors for the schools are:
- West Forsyth – Robert Smitherman
- Atkins – Yue-Ling Wong, Calvin Strachan and Monica Vasili
- Walkertown Middle – Charlotte Waddell
- Hanes Middle – John Boyd and Natalie Norman