After qualifying for their first trip to the Technology Student Association nationals since 2006 last year, Foster Middle School has now made it back-to-back.

Foster earns back-to-back trip to TSA nationals

Thu Apr 21, 2016

During the state competition in Waco on April 14-15, Foster's TSA group won 3rd Place overall, winning the following team and individual events:
  • 1st place in Chapter Team: Robert Hough, Bhavna Singh, Carly Snyder,Hyndavi Jatavallabhula, Logan Hall, Caroline Taylor
  • 1st place in Catapult Design: Harrison Lin, Danial Morin and Colby Stokes
  • 1st place in Children's Stories: Caroline Taylor, Rachael Smith
  • 1st place in Medical Technology Issues: Robert Hough, Hyndavi Jatavallabhula, Bhavna Singh, Carly Snyder
  • 1st place in Prepared Speech: Carly Snyder
  • 2nd place in STEM Animation: Meagan McGuire, Hailey Patterson, and Aiden Shepherd
  • 3rd place in Flight: Matthew Reed
  • 3rd place in Technology Bowl: Robert Hough, Logan Hall, Connor Gilliland, Hyndavi Jatavallabhula
  • 5th place in Catapult Design: Connor Gilliland, Matthew Hanson
  • 5th place in Video Game Design: Connor Gilliland, Jacob Castleberry
  • 5th place in Website Design: Matthew Reed, Matthew Hanson, Colby Stokes
  • 6th place in Forensic Technology: Meagan McGuire, Sarah Neely
These students will go on to compete from June 28 to July 2 at the TSA Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee. But they are going to need some help along the way. 

Karen Reed, TSA Booster Club President for Foster Middle School, said because the chapter is so new, parents have frantically hit up businesses, community leaders, and large corporations for fundraising to get to the state level.

"However, with our accomplishment in getting the whole team qualified for nationals we face a need for financial help in getting us there," she said. "We are hoping you will consider helping us with the $16,384 required for competition fees, transportation, hotel accommodations, and food for the week long stay in Nashville."

The TSA nationals require a commitment fee by May 1, which puts a difficult deadline on fundraising. Reed said she hopes the many benefits available to the students help encourage local business to provide sponsorships.

"Not only will our kids get the opportunity of a lifetime to compete at a national level but they will be involved in many leadership training courses throughout the week," she said. "They will be very busy kids that I have no doubt will bring home success for the district."

Last year Foster brought home four national titles and six top ten awards, not bad for a TSA program just in its second year.

"We took 17 kids who competed in over 12 different events such as website design, medical technology, flight endurance, forensics, leadership, and many other STEM related events," she said. "This is an amazing accomplishment from a team that competed for only a second time since it began in January 2015."

Reed said these students are future engineers and leaders for the community as well as the school.

"Not only did our chapter do amazing this year, but the LHS freshman group (who went as a Foster TSA member last year) also beat out many upper class man for a spot at nationals," she said. "It has proven that starting at a middle school level has given the kids a strong foundation and leadership abilities."
For more information about how you can help, please call Foster Middle School at (903) 446-2710.