This past summer, Clinton High School TSA travelled to Nashville, Tenn. for the National Technology Student Association Convention.
Traveling from Clinton High School was five seniors, Min Kim, Madison Mitchell, Taylor Lucas, Thomas Paniagua and Nicole Spell; one junior, Erik Guerin; and one sophomore, Blake Miller. These students were accompanied by Chapter Advisor Chaka Shipp.
Clinton High TSA integrated their knowledge of STEM to compete in competitions such as Architectural Renovation, Technological Problem Solving, and Chapter Team. Architectural Renovation requires students to use their knowledge of architecture to create floor plans and construct a small model of a house to present to the judges, while Chapter Team includes a team of officers to take a written parliamentary procedures test in order to qualify for the semifinals, in which they then complete an opening ceremony, items of business, parliamentary actions, and a closing ceremony within a specified time period.
The students were very successful at Nationals this year, Nicole Spell (Chapter President) and Thomas Paniagua (2015-16 NCSTSA Vice President) placed top 10 in the nation in Technological Problem Solving. In this particular competition, participants use their skills in problem solving to develop a finite solution to a problem provided on site. This is the first time Clinton High has placed at nationals in several years.