Fannin Engineering Students Place in Top Ten at the TSA National Conference in Washington, D.C.

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This summer, thirteen Fannin County High School and Middle School students traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Technology Student Association (TSA) national competitions. Students competed in events ranging from dragster design to technology problem solving.For the Middle School, Brianna Ellis, Grant Shepherd, and Waylan Arrowood competed in the National Technology Bowl after winning the competition in Georgia. Justin Wheat competed in CO2 Dragster design after placing 7th overall in Georgia. Mr. Pressley said, “I am honored to be working with these young men and women. They did an excellent job representing the Fannin County School System and our community at the National TSA Conference.”

For the High School, Meagan Herndon competed in Chapter Team, Promotional Graphics, and Technology Problem Solving. Ethan Taylor and Ben Bruce competed in Flight Design, Paul Walker competed in Technology Problem Solving, Carly Hellerstedt, Colton Carpenter, and Alex Chastain competed in Technology Bowl, Bryce Aring competed in CO2 Dragster, and Ethan and Paul competed in Structural Engineering.

Carly, Bryce, Ben, Colton, Alex, Ethan, Paul, and Tyler Wheat competed in the National Engineering TEAMS competition. The group earned the trip to Nationals by placing 3rd overall in Georgia in February. The National TEAMS competition was broken down into four sections including an essay on Hydraulic fracturing for Natural Gas, a group problem solving challenge, a written test on Math and Physics, and an oral presentation. At Nationals, Carly, Alex, Colton and Tyler finished in the top ten in the oral presentation competition. The group did an excellent job presenting on the Atlanta MARTA system and the problems with expanding public transportation.

Attending with the group were Phil Pressley, Middle School Engineering Teacher, Bubba Gibbs, High School Engineering Teacher, parents and chaperones Joy Hellerstedt, Lynne Carpenter, Chris Chastain, and Vicki Dillard.

Mr. Gibbs said, “I am really proud of our Engineering students in Fannin County. Just placing in the top three teams in Georgia is an honor, but placing in the top ten nationally is exceptional! I am expecting great things from these students as they pursue their careers in math, science, engineering, and technology. According to, seven out of the top ten highest paid bachelor degrees are in the engineering field. Hopefully, we will see more and more students in Fannin County getting involved in TSA and pursuing these high technology careers.”

In addition to competing at Nationals, students were also given the opportunity to visit the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian Museums, take an evening cruise on the Potomac River, and view the changing of the guard in Arlington National Cemetery.

Article & photo submitted by Mr. Gibbs, FCHS Engineering Teacher

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