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Academic Magnet students shine at state technology competition

AMHS Technology Student Association

RELEASE DATE: April 12, 2024

Academic Magnet High School’s Technology Student Association (TSA) students won multiple events at the state’s TSA conference a few weeks ago. TSA conferences offer an array of approximately 40 events, catering to diverse interests and skills, from long-term projects to impromptu challenges.

First-place awards went to the following students in their respective events:

Biotechnology Design - Leah Bagg and Keerthana Samuel

Children’s Stories - Leah Bagg, Elaine Chen, and Keerthana Samuel

Coding - Jacob Beuk and Zack Francisco

Data Science and Analytics - Leah Bagg

Drone Challenge - Noah Houfek, Zavier Nutting, Yamil Perez, and Luke Williams

Essays on Technology - Keerthana Samuel

Video Game Design - Jacob Beuk, Graham Gregory, Maddy Jolly, and Victoria Haber

Webmaster - Leah Bagg and Graham Gregory

Second place awards went to the following students in their respective events:

Computer Aided Design Architecture - Maddy Jolly

Data Science and Analytics - Zach Butler and Conner Li

Prepared Presentation - Keerthana Samuel

Extemporaneous Speech - Adam Leon

A third-place award went to Maddy Jolly and Graham Gregory for Debating Technological Issues.

"Our students excelled in their first year with TSA, showcasing their impressive skills and dedication,” said Academic Magnet’s Computer Science and Aerospace Engineering teacher. “At the conference, they not only competed fiercely but also fostered invaluable team bonds, exemplifying the spirit of collaboration and excellence in STEM.”

All the Academic Magnet students who placed (first, second, and third) qualified for at least one event at the National TSA Conference in Orlando, FL June 26-30, 2024.

TSA is a national, non-profit career and technical student organization of students engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Students are given the chance to pursue academic challenges among friends with similar goals and interests.

“STEM education is vital, and TSA provides the perfect platform for our students to shine,” added Beuk. “I eagerly anticipate the growth of our TSA program at Academic Magnet, alongside the expansion of TSA chapters across our school district."

For more information, contact Jill Beuk at jill_beuk@charleston.k12.sc.us.