TSA Students Attend Georgia National Fair

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Jack Dlugokinski with his 4th place windmill.

Students from the Technology Student Association (TSA) from Fannin County High School and Fannin County Middle School traveled to Perry, GA and the Georgia National Fair to compete in the Technology Day competitions.  Students competed in robotics design, alternative energy, and mechanical engineering competitions.

In Robotics Design, Luke Baggett and Cooper Brooks placed 7th in the State for pulling a 35 lb load 6 feet with a 6 lb robot winning a $15 prize

Jack Dlugokinski placed 4th in the State with his windmill blade design winning a $25 prize

(L to R) Aiden Carder, Conner Kyle, Bryce Mitchell, and Mathew Ponton with their mousetrap car

Wyatt Payne, Vince Foster, Keton Wilson, and Carnaceo Dixon placed 4th in the State with their tractor pull robot winning a $25 prize

(L to R) Wyatt Payne, Vince Foster, Keton Wilson, and Carnaceo Dixon with their 4th place tractor pull robot


Luke Baggett and Cooper Brooks’ 4th place robot

(L to R) Cooper Brooks and Luke Baggett competing with their robot


The Fannin County Technology Student Association

Rebel's Corner

The Fannin County Technology Student Association competed at the State level in several events during the month of March. 

On March 11th, 16 high school students on the Engineering TEAM traveled to Georgia Tech to participate in a test of Math, Science, and Engineering.  The students were divided into a 9th/10th grade team and an 11th/12th grade team.  The students had to submit an essay on the use of Artificial Intelligence, take a multiple choice test in Math and Science, and complete a design build engineering challenge.  The 11th and 12th grade team placed 2nd in the State in the Math and Science test.  If the students score in the top three in the State on all parts of the challenge, they will earn the right to compete at the National level in Washington D.C. in June.

(L to R) Eli Young, Anna Holloway, and Brook Patton work on their engineering challenge

Front (L to R) Tanner Hamby, James Squires, Cooper Boyle, John Moler, Ethan Jolly, Christian Jensen, Cooper Brooks, Samuel Dillard
Back (L to R) Lexi McGill, Anna Holloway, Brook Patton, Porter Squires, Zach Payne, Matthew Shirah, Eli Young, Ramtin Doroodchi

TSA State Conference:

The Fannin High School and Middle School students also traveled to Athens, GA for the TSA State Leadership Conference from March 13th through March 16th.  The students competed in events ranging from robotics design to extemporaneous speech to flight endurance.  Several students were semifinalists, finalists, and State Champions.

At the high school level:

Matthew Shirah placed 4th in the State in Photographic Technology

Christian Jensen, Porter Squires, and John Moler placed 7th in Computer Coding

Porter Squires and Steven Setser placed 7th in Forensic Science (photo Porter Steven L to R)

Steven Setser, Jonothon Payne, and Isaiah Cargle placed 12th in On Demand Video

Brayden Foster, Christian Jensen, Eli Young, Ramtin Doroodchi, Isaiah Cargle, Jonothon Payne, Rob Russell, Steven Setser, James Squires, Porter Squires, and John Moler (not pictured Matthew Shirah)

The middle school had an outstanding conference with several students in the semifinals and finals, and two teams winning State Championships!

Bryce Ware and James Kyle placed 1st in Technology Problem Solving

Bryce Ware, Lucas Barnstead, and Luke Pelfrey placed 1st in Technology Quiz Bowl

Wyatt Payne and Tristen Siler placed 2nd in Structural Design

The entire middle school group was 6th in First Lego League Robotics

James Kyle was 4th in Computer Aided Design Foundations

Mason McDaniel, Bryce Ware, James Kyle, Luke Pelfrey, Logan Martin, and Bryce Mitchell placed 8th in Chapter Team

The first place finishers have earned the right to travel to Washington D. C. this summer to compete in the Technology Student Association National Conference and represent the State of Georgia!!

Front (L to R) Bryce Mitchell, Wyatt Payne, Mason McDaniel
Middle (L to R) James Kyle, Bryce Ware, Luke Pelfrey
Back (L to R) Logan Martin, Lucas Barnstead, Tristen Siler, Sam Jabaley

You can learn more about Engineering TEAMS at https://tsaweb.org/competitions-programs/teams

You can learn more about National TSA at https://tsaweb.org/

You can learn more about Georgia TSA at https://www.gatsa.org/

“I am really excited about the high level performance this month from the Engineering students from Fannin County.  The Middle School students had an exceptional conference, and they will represent the State of Georgia at the National Conference this summer in Washington, D.C.  I am excited to see what the future holds for these students as they pursue career opportunities in the world of technology.”  Bubba Gibbs Engineering Teacher and TSA Advisor, Fannin County High School.

TSA State Conference in Athens March 14 – 16, 2019

Fannin Middle, Rebel's Corner

Fannin Middle School Technology Student Association attended the TSA State Conference at Athens this weekend.  We had 10 students go and compete in different areas.  The areas of competition are Mass Production, Dragster, Tech Bowl, Structural Engineering, Chapter Team, Lego Robotics, CAD Foundations, Problem Solving, Flight, and Forensic Science.  We were able to finish in the top 10 in the state in 9 out of 10 areas.  In placing, we had two first place finishes in Tech Bowl and Problem Solving.  The Tech Bowl team consisted of Lucas Barnstead, Luke Pelfrey, and Bryce Ware.  The other first place was in Problem Solving with the team being Bryce Ware and James Kyle.  Tristen Siler and Wyatt Payne place second in Structural Engineering.

Below are pictures of the young men and their awards.


FCCLA and the TSA students won $10,000 grand prizes in Ignite Grant Competition


ETC held its first Ignite Grant competition this year.  The award ceremony was on Tuesday March 21st in Ellijay.  The process consisted of schools in the ETC viewing area submitting 5 minute videos explaining their idea.  These videos were judged and finalists were selected.  FCHS had two teams selected as finalists.  More information on the ETC Ignite Grant can be found at:  http://marketing.etcnow.com/acton/media/10903/etc-ignite-education-grant


Mrs. Lynn Burch’s FCCLA students presented an idea to build a Legacy Learning Lab.  Jessie DeCosta, Jordan Anderson, and Justin Wheat submitted a video and then made a presentation to the ETC judges.  The Legacy Learning Lab is being built in collaboration with the FCHS construction class and will be used as an outdoor classroom and garden.  It will feature hydroponics, heirloom vegetables and herbs, a gazebo, and memorial brick garden for educators.


Mr. Bubba Gibbs’ TSA students presented an idea to build a Video Studio as part of the media center.  Will Garland, Logan Gerald, and Thomas Ward created a video to showcase the idea.  Will, Logan, Hunter Alexander, Lora Gwatney, and Maddie Crain then traveled to ETC to present the actual project details to the ETC Judges.  The Video Studio will give FCHS a place to produce a daily news program and create educational videos to support academic classes.  Students will be able to reserve the studio to pursue their creative ideas in the form of video production.


At the awards ceremony, both the FCCLA and the TSA students won the $10,000 grand prizes!  It was an honor for FCHS to be able to win both grants, and the students did an excellent job outlining how the grants would be spent.  The ETC Ignite process gave these students the opportunity to be creative and demonstrate their presentation skills and knowledge in an environment outside of the normal classroom.  In addition to the $10,000 awards, each team also received a $500 check for being a top 4 finalist.  The grant money was presented to the schools at the awards banquet, and both teams are preparing to implement their projects.  It is expected that both projects will be operational by the end of the school year.


Gibbs “I am so proud of the work done by these students.  They spent several hours of their personal time working on these projects for the benefit of their schools.  Both of these projects will have a lasting impact on faculty and students at FCHS for years to come.  It is great to see the talented students at FCHS showcasing their abilities outside of their normal classroom environment.”


Hunter Alexander, TSA President and Ignite Team Member “Before we went, I was confident that we had won.  When they announced the first winner, it was the other FCHS team, and our team’s hearts sank thinking we had not won.  We all held hands waiting for the next winner to be announced, and when we heard the word “Fannin” we jumped out of our seats congratulating each other.  We are really proud to be winners and we are also happy that the other FCHS team won as well.”


If you would like any additional information, please contact Bubba Gibbs at 706-632-2081.


Photos.  All L to R


IMG0341 – taken after both teams presented their project plans to the ETC Judges in the Fall


Lora Gwatney, Will Garland, Logan Gerald, Maddie Crain, Hunter Alexander, Jordan Anderson, Jessie DeCosta, and Justin Wheat


IMG0512 – taken after both teams were presented their $10,000 grants!



Jessie DeCosta, Jordan Anderson, Justin Wheat, Lora Gwatney, Maddie Crain, Hunter Alexander, and Logan Gerald (not pictured Will Garland)


IMG1785 – the FCCLA Team



Jessie DeCosta, Jordan Anderson, Justin Wheat




IMG 0510 – the TSA Team

Lora Gwatney, Maddie Crain, Hunter Alexander, and Logan Gerald (not pictured Will Garland)





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.   ­­  


Stem Day at West Fannin Elementary

Rebel's Corner

West Fannin’s STEM teacher, Kim Patterson, presented each of our classrooms with a box challenge. Each classroom received a 6”x 6”x 6”cardboard box. There were no restrictions and no rules except for each classroom to create something using their box. Kitty Ray from 3 Monkeys Antiques came to judge the boxes for us. She picked the most unique box and the box with the best purpose. We had a wide variety of creations from our classrooms and she was very impressed with their ability to turn a simple box into so many different things. These two classes won a pizza party.


Strobel boxes: Mrs. Strobel’s second grade class won for the most unique use of a box. They turned their box into a kite.

Back to front – left to right: Delilah Naylor, Star Morris, Dawson Hawkins, Lake Cantrell, John Henry Chastain, Ashley Kinard, Yarley Vargas, Mrs. Strobel. Front row holding the kite: Cole Burk, Lesly Alvarado, Marley Hernandez, Gabe Hansen, Izzy Mulcare, Francisco Saldana, Aiden Jones

West Fannin Stem


Dockery boxes: Mrs. Dockery’s kindergarten class created a “sneezy station” and won for the most purposeful.

Back to front – left to right:  Kendall Postell (TAPS student) and Mrs. Dockery. Shaylee Jones, Kaydee Parris, Lorelei Tipton, Reid Summers (holding the “sneezy station”), Conner Dixon, Colton Dills, Jordan Reilly, William Turpin, on the floor Tyler Wood, Ivy Aponte

West Fannin Stem 1


As a part of STEM Day at West Fannin, Fannin County High School students, Cooper Earls and Hunter Alexander gave a presentation on STEM, engineering and TSA.  The high school students demonstrated robotics, the electric car, drones and examples of video programming.  They talked to students about the many opportunities ahead for them through STEM education.


STEM 3.14.17: Cooper Earls pushing Hunter Alexander in the electric car

Fannin Stem

STEM 3.14.17 2 and 3: Hunter Alexander talking to students about the electric car

Fannin Stem 1

STEM 3.14.17 4: Hunter Alexander and Cooper Early talking to kindergarten and first grade about STEM

Fannin Stem 2 Fannin stem 3


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