Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) middle and high school students won first place awards in 15 categories at the 2012 Northern Regional Technology Student Association (TSA) Fair, held recently at Woodson High School.
The top three winners in each category have the potential to advance to the state competition, Technosphere, which will be held May 4-6 in Richmond.
Middle school winners
First place winners at the middle school level (level I), with their category in parentheses, include:
- Shawn Jassal of Franklin Middle SchoolÂ (Career Prep).
- Rohan Pandit and Dhruv Gupta of Carson Middle SchoolÂ (Challenging Technology Issues).
- Asha Krishnakumar of Frost Middle SchoolÂ (Communication Challenge).
- George Perry and Jake Gold of Lake Braddock Secondary SchoolÂ (Community Service Video).
- Thuy-Vi Nguyen of Frost Middle SchoolÂ (Essays on Technology).
- Dana Scheetz, Savana Hadjipanteli, and Caelen Barranta of Twain Middle SchoolÂ (Go Green Manufacturing).
- Navonte Dean, Evan Quach, and Peter Zhao of Twain Middle SchoolÂ (System Control Technology).
- Kyle Lipton of Irving Middle SchoolÂ (Transportation System).
High school winners
First place winners at the high school level (level II), with their category in parentheses, include:
- Sherry Lee of Woodson High SchoolÂ (Career Comparisons).
- Tina Vuong of Lake Braddock Secondary SchoolÂ (Architectural 2D CAD).
- Heejin Cheon and Michelle Yao of Woodson High SchoolÂ (Debating Technological Issues).
- Berkat Yemaneberhane of Annandale High School (Flight Endurance).
- Amin Yachnes, Rabia Mirza, and Shea Ruffin of West Potomac High SchoolÂ (Manufacturing Prototype).
- Kevin Kwok, Mohammed Popal, and Ammar Al-Kahfah of Annandale High SchoolÂ (System Control Technology).
- Randy Bills of Lake Braddock Secondary SchoolÂ (Transportation Modeling).
Complete results, including the top 10 finishers in each category, can be found here.
TSA is the only student organization devoted exclusively to students interested in technology and offers members opportunities for leadership and personal growth in technology, innovation, design, and engineering.
Competitions stress the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts, leadership, and presentation skills.