Under normal circumstances, the Clay County High School and Middle School Technology Student Association chapters would have traveled to Cedar Lakes in Ripley, West Virginia to compete in the West Virginia State TSA Competition from March 25thto March 28th. Winners at the state level would have qualified to compete at the national level in Nashville, Tennessee from June 27th to July 1st. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, both events were canceled. While the cancellations are certainly justified under the circumstances, it is extremely disheartening to Chapter Advisor Jessica Ramsey and to the numerous students who worked all year to perfect their projects for competition.
However, despite the unfortunate circumstances, there is one highlight this year for our local TSA chapters. Prior to the cancellation of the state and national events, students from around the State had submitted applications to be judged by an independent panel for induction into the TSA Technology Honor Society. The Technology Honor Society recognizes TSA members who excel in academics, leadership and service to their school and community. To be considered for induction, a student must achieve the following:
-Academics: Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.
-Leadership: Hold at least one chapter, state or national office, fulfilling its duties for one school year, hold an office in an organization other than TSA, attend at least one state and one national conference, place within the top three in a state or national TSA competitive event, and be an active member of TSA in a currently affiliated chapter for at least one semester.
-Service: Participate in a service project that benefits the school, participate in a service project that benefits the community, serve on a chapter, state or national committee, and give a presentation on TSA to an organization outside one’s chapter (i.e., PTA, school faculty, board of education, etc.)
Seven Clay County students were inducted into the TSA Technology Honor Society this year: CCMS students Sawyer Dobbins, Dylan McCumbers and Laila Varney, and CCHS students Clare Dawson, Nicholas Evans, Jefferson Hymer and Aden Knopp. Congratulations to these individuals for achieving this honor, and for their hard work, dedication and accomplishments throughout the year.