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Fauquier Tech Student Association member qualifies for nationals

Thursday, May. 8 | By Fauquier Times Staff
Kettle Run High School senior Joey Baier, a member of his school’s Technology Student Association, qualified for national TSA competition by taking first place in a computer-aided design (CAD) competition at the 2014 Technosphere State Conference May 2-4 at the Richmond Convention Center. TSA is an organization devoted to students interested in technology; TSA chapters take the study of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) beyond the classroom, giving students the chance to pursue academic challenges among other students with similar interests.

Joey took first place in the 3D CAD engineering competition where students had to create a 3D computer model of an engineering or machine part, tool or device. He will now compete at the National TSA Conference June 27-July 1 in Washington, DC.

At the Technosphere Conference a number of students from FCPS high schools placed in the top five at the state level. Sophomore Jonathan Thibodeau from Liberty High School took second in architectural 2D CAD. Kettle Run junior August Lutkehus and sophomore Patrick Kimball took second in the technical problem-solving competition.

Fauquier High School junior Dana Lehman took third place in architectural 2D CAD.

Juniors Travis Burgess and Brandon Robertson from LHS earned fourth place in structural engineering; Travis also received fourth in the dragster design competition. The LHS team of Jonathan Thibodeau and seniors Rachel Strong and Jacob Yates placed fifth in the architectural renovation competition.

TSA faculty advisors are Bill Davidson and Karen Frye at Kettle Run High School; Mike Potts, Jon Clark and Ashton Girolmo at Liberty High School; and Harold Mullins and Jamell Newman at Fauquier High School.

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