Hickory Middle School TSA Heading to Nationals

The Hickory Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) Chapter put their noses to the grindstone this year and had tremendous success during the 2015 Virginia TSA Technosphere Competition! They finished in the Top 10 in 21 out of 25 events including one 3rd Place finish, two 2nd Place finishes, and one 1st Place finish. They placed 4th overall for middle school chapters, and one student finished 10th overall for middle school competitors.  Based on their performance, the HMS TSA Chapter qualified for the 2015 National TSA Conference/Competition.

Most impressively, the HMS TSA Chapter did all of it with student fund raising, allowances, and parent donations covering the costs of tools, equipment, supplies, competition entry fees, required TSA competition attire, and all travel, food, and lodging expenses.

The real heart of the story is the tremendous effort by their TSA Advisor, Mr. Jeff Puckett and the 8th graders.  Mr. Jeff Puckett was selected as the 2014-2015 HMS Teacher of the Year.  He voluntarily advises both the TSA and Robotics student activities, without compensation or reimbursement.  He unselfishly gives up his evenings and weekends to allow the students to have access to the classroom and equipment to prepare for competitions.  Additionally, he often pays for supplies and his own travel expenses without reimbursement to take the kids to competitions.

HMS TSA has been invited to attend the 2015 National TSA Conference in Dallas, Texas from June 28, 2015 to July 2, 2015.  They’ll represent their school, Chesapeake, the Tidewater Region, Hampton Roads, and Virginia while participating and competing in the Conference.

If you would like to help Hickory Middle School Technology Student Association attend the national conference, click here:  http://www.gofundme.com/HMSTSA2015

If you want to read more about TSA programs or Hickory Middle School, check out the following links:

National TSA website: http://www.tsaweb.org/

VA TSA website: http://virginiatsa.org/

Hickory Middle School TSA Chapter website: https://technohawkstsa.wordpress.com