Students head to Florida for match
by Rory Doyle
May 23, 2013 | 2780 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Margaret Green Junior High School students to compete in the National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, Fla. from June 28-July 2 include: (front, left) Mikayla Moore; Megan Swartzfager; Hunter Lee; Brandon Lawrence; (back, left) Tronica Lawrence, advisor; Anthony Delahoussaye; Mason Thomas; Justin Smith; Jennifer Mamon, advisor; and Principal Archie Mitchell.
Margaret Green Junior High School students to compete in the National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, Fla. from June 28-July 2 include: (front, left) Mikayla Moore; Megan Swartzfager; Hunter Lee; Brandon Lawrence; (back, left) Tronica Lawrence, advisor; Anthony Delahoussaye; Mason Thomas; Justin Smith; Jennifer Mamon, advisor; and Principal Archie Mitchell.
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A group of talented students from Margaret Green Junior High School will be testing their knowledge in the upcoming National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, Fla.

During the annual conference, over 60 middle school and high school technology based student competitions will be held, with an expected 5,000 attendees from across the nation.

Also taking place at the June 28-July 2 conference will be leadership training and special interest sessions.

The competing MGJH students are: Mason Thomas, Brandon Lawrence, Mikayla Moore, Hunter Lee, Anthony Delahoussaye, Justin Smith and Megan Swartzfager.

The scholars earned a trip to nationals after placing within the top three at the state competition, which was held March 26-28 in Natchez.

Tronica Lawrence, an Information Communication Technology teacher at MGJH and an advisor for the program, said she was proud of the school's seven competitors, especially since this is just the second year the group has attended the national event.

"We are grateful the students will have the opportunity to experience the national competition," said Lawrence. "They are truly excited and working hard to prepare."

Lawrence's ICT curriculum trains the students throughout the year on a variety of topics they will be tested on, including: problem solving, career prep, leadership strategies, technology, essay writing and challenging technology issues.

"We are extremely proud of all our students for their hard work and effort," added Lawrence. "We would like to thank our MGJH Administration Team and PSTA for their support in our endeavors."

Approximately $12,000 was raised or donated to help pay for the trip's expenses, something Lawrence said everyone is thankful for.

"This trip gets very expensive and we're lucky to have such a supportive administration and PSTA," she said. "They've been financially here for us every step of the way and we're very appreciative."

She hopes that as the program continues to expand, local businesses will be interested in sponsoring the group to help pay for plane tickets, hotel and meal costs and registration fees.

Principal Archie Mitchell has also been lobbying for the program.

"We're just really proud of them," said Mitchell. "The TSA group is something we're trying to grow here. We're trying to provide students more technology-based education, rather than just knowledge-based."

Lawrence and fellow staff will continue to boost the young program's presence.

"I want to congratulate the students and say thanks to our advisors, Jennifer Mamon, Bill Hatcher and Jamye Doty. It's been a team effort," said Lawrence. "I also have to thank our Superintendent, Dr. Jackie Thigpen, the Cleveland School District school board and TSA parents."

Learn more about the TSA and the competition at www.tsaweb.org/2013-National-Conference.