Bearden Middle School wins top awards at the National TSA competition in Orlando Florida

By: Mark & Robin Porter Email
By: Mark & Robin Porter Email

Frank Calfee and Jim Fagan run the Technology Student Association (TSA) at Bearden Middle School. The team has consistently done well regionally, state-wide and then at the national conventions.

You should see all the trophies that line the walls of the BMS tech lab. It's an awesome sight.We recently had our National convention in Orlando. People from as far away as Germany Competed.

Bearden won the most awards of any school Nationwide. Mr. Calfee and Mr. Fagan give up a tremendous amount of time helping the kids in each of their different events. As a parent, I thought it would be wonderful if they could be recognized. Thanks.

Below is the note that Mr. Calfee sent all the parents and kids after the competition. Teachers like this need to be applauded. It teachers like this that motivate the kids to do well. We have heard so much negativity about local teachers in the past year. I for one am ready to hear something wonderful about our wonderful Knox county teachers.


Update for the BMS TSA chapter!

I wanted to take this time to congratulate the entire chapter for an
outstanding conference in Orlando. I'm very proud of the members of this
year's chapter. The activities of the conference were truly a learning
experience for everyone. Over 5,000 TSA members from across the nation
assembled in Orlando for the national conference.

I am especially proud to announce that BMS TSA earned more national
finalists at this year's conference than any other chapter! Our 17 national
finalists and 5 national trophies have earned us the top chapter in the
nation for the second consecutive year - an outstanding accomplishment.

2008 National TSA Top Chapter - Bearden Middle TSA

Bearden Middle set a record in 2005 with 7 national trophies at one
conference. Horizon Middle broke the record the following year in 2006 with
9. The record was again set in 2007 by Bearden Middle with 13.

Considering that the most earned by one chapter this year is 6, the BMS TSA record remains!

Finalist results were published online Thursday morning following the
conference. Individual award winners are:

1st place - Chapter Team - Katie Plank, Kelli Reese, Graham Treasure, Emily
Ehrnschwender, Hannah Wright, and Madison Mansouri

1st place - Technology Bowl - Pious Patel, Greg Tate, and Graham Treasure

2nd place - TSA Multimedia - Tru Powell

2nd place - Chapter Team: Written - Katie Plank

3rd place - Dragster Design - Spencer Bradford

5th place - Medical Technology Challenge - Pious Patel, Greg Tate, and
additional chapter members

5th place - Transportation Challenge - Graham Treasure

6th place - Structural Challenge - Marlies Porter and Natalie Porter

6th place - Leadership Challenge - Katie Plank, Hannah Wright, and Madison

6th place - Prepared Speech - Kelli Reese

6th place - Environmental Challenge - Brett Simpson and Graham Treasure

7th place - Dragster Design - Brett Simpson

8th place - Chapter Team: Written - Kelli Reese

8th place - Technology Bowl: Written - Graham Treasure

8th place - Electrical Applications - Greg Tate

10th place - Chapter Team: Written - Graham Treasure

10th place - Technology Bowl: Written - Pious Patel

Tennessee TSA

I've always attempted to explain to the members that Tennessee is perhaps
the most challenging state in the nation for TSA.

A member or chapter from Tennessee earned a first, second, or third place
trophy in 17 of the 32 middle school events! Of the 17 events, Tennessee
TSA earned two trophies in the event. One event - Chapter Team: Written -
Tennessee TSA earned the first, second, and third place trophies!

Tennessee TSA won 8 of the 32 national events. Also, an individual member
or chapter entry finished in the top 10 of 30 of the 32 middle school events
at the national conference.

Top 10 Chapters at the 2008 TSA National Conference

Congratulations to Tennessee for having the top three chapters at this
year's national conference!


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