As the Walnut Grove High School chapter of the Technology Student Association returned from Athens with several trophies in hand from the TSA state conference, the students were excited to have something to celebrate.
“We had four teams make it to the finalists,” sophomore Shehza Anjum, a sophomore at WGHS and the chapter president for the WGHS TSA, said. “This is only our third year as a TSA chapter and we’re still young and learning, so I’m really proud of our teams and all we’ve done.”
The TSA chapter competed in numerous events, from robotics and coding to computer-assisted design and engineering.
“We got a lot of experience competing in the events and just watching other schools with more experience,” sophomore Nathan Nobles, who won second place in webmaster with Anjum, said.
Freshman Kevin Gomes said a lot of other schools were happy to help with advice and support.
“I thought they wouldn’t want to talk about their events, but everyone was really friendly,” Kevin said. “And we needed a lot of help. We had to build something for space travel in engineering design, so we built a space gateway, sort of a rest stop in space. The night before we had to present, though, the hot glue on our model started falling off, so we had to race to rebuild the whole thing before morning.”
Despite the roadbump, the team still placed sixth in the category.
Blaine Williams, a freshman, competed in coding, a first for the chapter.
“It was fun and exhilarating but also nervewracking,” he said.
Freshman Chase Bailey, in robotics, agreed.
“It was very eye-opening,” he said. “There was a lot of pressure. It was fun but also a lot of work.”
With the TSA National Conference in Atlanta this year, the WGHS TSA will attend in June with hopes of gaining more experience for the future.
“We want to be a successful chapter,” Anjum said. “We’re still learning a lot and we’re working on our events nearly every weekend.
“I think if we can do better at nationals this summer, we can do even better at state next year.”