The Fannin County Technology Student Association (TSA) middle and high school teams traveled to Athens, GA

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The Fannin County Technology Student Association (TSA) middle and high school teams traveled to Athens, GA to compete at the 2017 State Conference.  Students competed in events ranging from electric go carts to robotics to extemporaneous speech to video production.  More information on TSA can be found at


Some highlights include racing in the Georgia Electrathon competition which is an all electric vehicle race where students design, build, and drive their own cars.  Students are given one hour to complete as many laps as possible.  Vanya DeCesare and Hunter Alexander both made good showings with their electric cars completing over 70 laps each.


Ben Collins built a rubber band powered airplane that flew for 37 seconds which placed him in the top 10 finalists in the flight endurance competition.


Freshmen Isaiah Cargle and Joshua Truelove competed in VEX Robotics at the high school level, and Max Mathis, Patrick Conner, and Brayden Foster finished in the top 10 for middle school in VEX robotics.  The middle school students competed against high school teams.


The Lego Mindstorms middle school team of Jordan Ensley, Patrick Conner, Abby Vest, Ivie Chapman, Bryce Ware, Lucas Barnstead, Kiaya Jones, James Kyle, Kaelin Cornelius, and Luke Pelfrey finished in the top ten with their robot.


Patrick Conner, Jordan Ensley, and Kaelin Cornelius earned a top ten finish in the middle school Technology Bowl competition, and Patrick Conner scored a top ten overall finish for his Technology Bowl written score.


The middle school Chapter Team of Jordan Ensley, Abby Vest, Kiaya Jones, Bradyen Foster, Kaelin Cornelus, Patrick Conner, Ivie Chapman, and James Kyle finished in the top ten.


Brayden Foster and James Kyle competed in CO2 car design placing 9th and 12th overall and Brayden won best of show with his car.


Patrick Conner finished in the top 10 in the outstanding student competition.


Jordan Ensley finished in the top 10 in prepared speech.


In addition to competing, students also had the opportunity to attend a UGA baseball game and get their picture made with Hairy Dawg!  The overall experience of attending a State competition with over 2600 high school students is priceless.  Students get to compete against the best and brightest students in STEM related activities.  STEM careers offer students great opportunities to succeed in the future, and these students are well on their way to successful futures!  Students left the conference excited about TSA and looking forward to competing next year.


If you would like any additional information, please contact Bubba Gibbs at 706-258-7732.



Vanya DeCesare driving his electric car

Hunter Alexander driving his electric car

Brayden Foster, Joshua Truelove, Gavin Gibbs, Ramtin Doroodchi, and Max Mathis work on VEX Robotics

Isaiah Cargle and Joshua Truelove display their VEX robots

Lucas Barnstead is hard at work on his junior solar sprint car

Ben Collins shows off his top 10 finishing airplane

Luke Pelfrey, Max Mathis, Vanya DeCesare, Justin Wheat, Hunter Alexander, Nelson Soriero, Jordan Ensley, Hairy Dawg, Joshua Truelove, Eli Young, Grant Shepherd, Patrick Conner, Brayden Foster, and Taylor Gibbs attended a UGA baseball game and got their picture with Hairy Dawg!

Brayden Foster shows off his “Best in Show” and top ten placing CO2 dragster

FCHS TSA Members

Front – Joshua Truelove, Taylor Gibbs, Hunter Alexander (President), Justin Wheat (Vice-president)

Middle – Isaiah Cargle, Vanya DeCesare (Secretary), Will Garland, Ramtin Doroodchi, Nelson Soriero,

Back – Ben Collins, Gavin Gibbs, Eli Young, Tanner Carrier, Rowan Shewmake, Waylon Arrowood, Grant Shepherd

FCMS TSA Members

Front – James Kyle, Bryce Ware, Kaelin Cornelius, Abby Vest (Sergeant at Arms),Kaiya J ones (Reporter)

Middle – Luke Pelfrey, Lucas Barnstead, Ivie Chapman (Secretary), Brayden Foster (Treasurer)

Back – Jordan Ensley (Vice President), Max Mathis, Patrick Conner (President)



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The Fannin County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, or disability in admission to its programs, services, and activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendent’s office at 2290 East First Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 or 706-632-3771.   ­­


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