The 42nd Annual Technology Student Association (TSA) State Conference held this weekend in Orlando welcomed more than 2,000 middle and high school students, advisors, chaperones and guests from across Florida. The School District of Manatee County sent more than 400 students from 16 Manatee County schools.
The schools that competed include: Bayshore High, Braden River High, Lakewood Ranch High, Manatee High, Palmetto High, Parrish Community High, Southeast High, Braden River Middle, Buffalo Creek Middle, Dr. Mona Jain Middle, Haile Middle, Johnson Middle, Lee Middle, Nolan Middle, Rowlett Middle Academy and Sugg Middle.
There were 222 trophies available (first, second, and third-place) for a total of 74 competitive events. Upholding a long-standing reputation, this was the 15th straight year Manatee students captured more trophies and earned more Top Ten finishes than any other school district in Florida. Manatee County students brought home 98 event trophies (39 first-place event trophies, 31 second-place trophies, and 28 third-place trophies). Even more impressive, our students brought home 242 Top Ten student event finalist pins. These finalist pins are for all students who placed in the Top 10 in a competitive event.
This year’s Florida TSA Conference consisted of competitive events representing a wide range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills from animatronics, and biotechnology to video game design, and webmaster.
The Outstanding School Award is given to the schools in the Top Ten, based on a calculation of all event placements for the entire conference for all student competitors with a first-place win equating 10 points and a 10th place finish equating 1 point. Braden River High earned first-place for high schools and Buffalo Creek Middle earned third-place overall at the middle school level.
Other highlights include:
- Manatee County swept the coveted CO2 Dragster at both the middle school level taking 1st (Buffalo Creek MS), 2nd (Dr. Mona Jain MS) and 3rd (Nolan MS) and the high school level 1st (Palmetto HS), 2nd and 3rd (Braden River HS).
- Students from Southeast High School earned first and third places in an inaugural Drone event.
- Middle school students took first place (Haile MS) and second place (Braden River MS) in the other inaugural event, Fluid Power.
- Newcomers from Dr. Mona Jain Middle placed in 28 categories for their first TSA state event, earning first place in Challenging Technology Issues, Cybersecurity and Mechanical Engineering.
- Manatee County swept high school level events in Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and also Future Technology Teacher taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
- At the middle school level, our students swept the Chapter Team taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Flight taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and Microcontroller Design taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd .
- Kyle Wright, a student from Southeast High School, was elected to the office of Florida TSA Sergeant at Arms for 2020-2021.
- No other school district in the state has had more schools receive the Outstanding School Awards than Manatee County.
- No other school district in the state had more schools receive Top 10 finalist pins than Manatee County.
- No other school district in the state had more schools receive event trophies than Manatee County.
The students started with their TSA projects in the fall, competed at Manatee County District events in December, and continued to work tirelessly during the weekends and after school in the months leading up to the State Conference. Students will be heading to the National Conference that will take place June 27-July 1 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.
“We congratulate our students for continuing to excel in these TSA events which will lead them to become successful leaders in STEM fields. We will continue to encourage these bright minds to improve their skills, knowledge and fluency in our ever-changing world,” said Kelli Kennedy, Assistant Director of Adult, Career and Technical Education.
“All students should have access to these quality learning environments – and we’re proud to support their successful TSA programs,” said Doug Wagner, Deputy Superintendent of Operations. “An amazing effort for the finest advisors, teachers and students in Florida and we look forward to cheering them on this summer at Nationals.”
A complete list of event results is posted on at http://floridatsa.com.
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