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Global High students compete at TSA State Competition

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Nicole Mansell

At the TSA (Technology Student Association) state competition, held at the Waco Convention Center on May 5-7, Global High earned the state championship award in the 2A high school category for overall high points. 

In addition, Jarrett Fullington, a sophomore at Global High, was elected Texas’s TSA new state Treasurer. The students at Global also won first place in the following five events:

- Photographic Technology: Rylee Werchan submitted a notebook of photos that focused on the assigned theme, “Doors.”

In addition to meeting criteria outlined by TSA, Rylee’s creativity and talent with photography and graphic design earned her first place in the state for the third year in a row.

- Engineering 3D Design: With only four hours to work, Dakota Franklin used Auto Desk Inventor to create an animated 3D design and working drawings with dimensions for an assigned mechanical part. 

His natural talent with engineering and 3D design has been compared to that of a professional. 

Dakota is a senior this year and will be pursuing an engineering degree at UTD in the fall.

- Prepared Presentation: With the assigned topic of “A Snapshot of Innovation,” Loren Page chose to present on the evolution of cyber-bullying. 

Her passion about this topic, combined with her powerful speaking skills, earned her first place in the state for the second year in a row.

- Extemporaneous Presentation: Loren Page spoke about genetic engineering and cloning in this competition. 

She had to be quick on her feet to prepare a speech in only 15 minutes after receiving her topic. 

Loren is a senior this year and will be pursuing an engineering degree at Texas A&M in the fall.

- Digital Video Production: Cody Vesley, Jarrett Fullington, and Loren Page had to plan, film, and edit a video focused on the topic of “Drama.” 

In addition to these first place achievements, Global High was successful in following events:

- Kevin Bradshaw and Carson Roye earned fourth place in Structural Engineering with their 14” balsa wood tower that held 200 pounds!

Their tower was evaluated with an efficiency rating that not only depended on strength but also on the weight of the structure.

- Alanna Kelly, Alyssa Reisner, Rylee Werchan, and Blanca Villazana placed sixth in Fashion Design. 

They redesigned and sewed a bridal gown and a mother-of-the-bride dress for the musical, Mama Mia! 

Blanca is a senior this year and will be pursuing a business degree at Texas State University in the fall.

- Finally, Cody Vesley, Rylee Werchan, and Jarrett Fullington placed sixth in On-Demand Video. 

They planned, filmed, and edited a video onsite after receiving constraints and requirements at the contest. 

Global High will be competing at the national level in all of the events discussed above at the TSA National Conference, held this summer at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.


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