Students from the career and technical student organization, Technology Student Association, represented Waxahachie ISD at the Technology Student Association State Contest June 22-26 in Atlanta.

The theme for the 2018 national conference was “A Celebration of Success.” And WISD TSA students certainly did that.

Technology Student Association serves students enrolled in CTE courses aligned with these six career clusters: Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communication; Architecture and Construction; Business, Management and Administration; Information Technology; Manufacturing; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

According to a WISD press release, the participants enjoyed the experience of applying classroom and laboratory lessons in hands-on activities or competitive events.

The WHS structural design and engineering team, comprised of Thomas Caliendo and Cameron Weldon, made their appearance on the national stage with a third-place finish out of 105 teams.

Groups qualified for the top 20 by bringing a completed bridge structure that was destructively tested to determine design efficiency. The pre-built structure submitted by Caliendo and Weldon held an astonishing 395 pounds — over 40 pounds more than any other structure.

The top 20 teams then created a second bridge structure on site which was also crushed. The difference between the top three teams' efficiency was less than .025 percent.

Caliendo and Weldon brought home third place in the nation with a bridge that had a span of nine inches and held over 265 pounds. It marked the fourth time for a WHS structural engineering team to attend, compete and place in the top ten in the nation.

The Waxahachie Global High School video game design team consisted of Cade Howarth, Jack Lapeyrolerie, Jonah Taylor, Seth Wilken. Together they placed among the top 10 teams in the nation, as well.

Other WHS students who competed this year in various events were Josh Duarte and Raymond Kennedy in technology problem solving and Adam Sigala in photographic technology.

Other Global students who competed at the National TSA Conference were Devante Green, Omri Reown, Michael Deleon, and Zoe Reown in music production, and Jonah Taylor, Kevin Asirvadam, Justin Ansley in the technology bowl. Jack Lapeyrolerie and Zoe Reown also competed for Global in the on-demand video contest.

The Waxahachie High School chapter also accepted the award for “Chapter Excellence," which is given to one high school in the state of Texas. The process to earn the distinguished award is by application by a student member and participation in the areas of chapter involvement, fundraising, and leadership activities. The application was submitted by another chapter of TSA in the state of Texas.

For more information about WHS TSA events, contact Shyla Vire at svire@wisd.org or James Parker at japarker@wisd.org. For more information about Global High TSA events, contact Michael Warren at mwarren@wisd.org or by calling 972-923-4614.