David Tanner and Katie Payne were announced as national champions in  Biotechnology Design at the National Technology Student Association Conference.

On June 19, 43 students from Clay County High School and Clay County Middle School, along with their advisors Mrs. Leslie Goe and Jessica Ramsey, and their chaperones, boarded a bus bound for Orlando, FL, and the National Technology Student Association Conference.

The students competed against 8,000 students from all 50 states and Germany, Turkey, and Japan. When the final gavel tapped bringing the conference to an end, Clay County had proven to be victorious yet again.

Clay Middle’s young group had a strong showing with three finalist this year: Holt Dawson, in Prepared Presentation, and Ethan Morris and Hunter Evans in Challenging Technical Issues.  CCMS also had two students, Caleb Atha and Nicholas Evans, recognized as members of the Technology Honor Society.

CCHS took and experienced group who proved once again that hard work and dedication pay off.  They left Orlando with 13 finalisst: Katie Payne for Extemporaneous Speaking, Ely Osborne, Darren Ray and James Carroll for System Control Technology, Seth Stover for Children’s Stories, David Tanner and Katie Payne for Biotechnology Design, and Ian Smith, Reece Nichols, Haley Jones, Ely Osborne, Zach Wynn and Morgan Whiteley for chapter team.

Ely Osborne was also recognized as a Gold Award Recipient. Ramsey, their advisor, was also recognized as West Virginia’s advisor of the year.

Seth Stover placed third with his excellent work in Children Stories.

Another group received top honors for their hard work when David Tanner and Katie Payne were announced as national champions in  Biotechnology Design.

For the second time in three years, CCHS’s Chapter Team of Ian Smith, Reece Nichols, Haley Jones, Ely Osborne, Zach Wynn, and Morgan Whiteley reigned victorious winning the national championship.

None of the success of these students could be possible without the support of the Clay County Board of Education, the administration of CCHS, the administration of CCMS, and the parents. These students have proven time and time again, with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.

Congratulations to Clay County TSA on a job well done.