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Atascocita Middle School Excels at Technology State Competition
Atascocita Middle School students secured second place in the state for Outstanding Middle School at the Technology Student Association (TSA) State Competition in Waco, Texas. Most of these students will now advance to the national competition this summer in Nashville, Tennessee. TSA is a technology based organization promoting personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Fourteen AMS students sent 87 entries to the competition, including hand-made projects and computer application projects along with team and individual national qualifying events such as leadership strategies and prepared speeches.
Teams moving on to the national competition are: Tech Bowl Team - Zoe Bantolina, Jackie Stokes and Zander Tompkins; Leadership Strategies Team – Stephen Ozan, Jackie Stokes and Zander Tompkins; Problem Solving Team – Kane Reith and Dustin Walters; and the Forensic Technology Team – Kane Reith and Adria Weeks.
Advancing to the national competition for individual projects are: Casey Bantolina – Flight Competition; Stephen Ozan – Children’s Story; Kane Reith – Dragster; and Jackie Stokes – Prepared Speech.
The following students also won awards in individual categories: Casey Bantolina – one first place, one third place; Zoe Bantolina – two first place, one third place; Caycee Martin – one first place, one third place; Tunmi Ojo – one first place, one third place; Stephan Ozan – one first place, four third place; Kane Reith – two first place, one third place; Zachary Seidel – one second place, one third place, one fourth place; Jackie Stokes – seven first place, four second place, five third place; Sandor Stone – one second place; Jordan Taylor – one first place; Zander Tompkins – two second place, three third place; Logan Tunnell – five first place, one second place; Dustin Walters – three first place, one second place; and Adria Weeks – one first place, three second place.
Front row L/R: Zoe Bantolina, Sandor Stone, Stephen Ozan, Casey Bantolina. Back row L/R: Billy Howard (sponsor), Adria Weeks, Logan Tunnell, Jackie Stokes, Tunmi Ojo, Zander Tompkins, Kane Reith, Dustin Walters, Zachary Seidel, Stephanie Tompkins (sponsor).