Students place at national competitions


Some students spent part of their summer break preparing for and competing at national organizational conferences, bringing home trophies and medals as rewards for their hard work.

Six students from Whitewater High competed in the Technology Student Association (TSA) National Conference in Dallas, Texas. The school’s students made up 12 percent of the winners from Georgia. Fayette’s finalists from the competition include Jevan Hutson, 2nd place, Extemporaneous Speaking; Breanna Sommers and Jevan Hutson, 5th place, Debating Technical Issues; and Katie Cassidy, 8th place, Career Comparisons and Prepared Presentation.

Other team members Will Dent, Garrick Stott, and Francisco Obregon enjoyed their first national competition participating in Technology Problem Solving, Flight Endurance, and Technology Bowl.

“Every year students have done progressively better at both TSA State Leadership Conference and TSA National Conference,” says technology teacher Carolyn Smith. “I’m very proud of these guys! Their hard work paid off at the awards ceremony when we screamed like crazy for our finalists.”
FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) students from Starr’s Mill High brought home two medals from the National FCCLA STAR Conference in Los Angeles, California.

Mandy Pfannenstiel and Caroline Darnell won silver medals in Chapter Showcase Manual, Occupational division. They were the only two students from Fayette County to place at the competition.

FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life – planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision-making, and interpersonal communication – necessary in the home and workplace.