IA Students Compete in the Georgia TSA State Leadership Conference

The Georgia Technology Student Association (TSA) State Leadership Conference concluded Saturday after three days of intense competition and camaraderie, showcasing the talents of middle and high school students representing 182 schools from across the state. Hosted in the city of Athens, Georgia the conference featured more than 80 competitive events, highlighting innovation, teamwork, and leadership in various technological fields.

From March 13-16, students from Innovation Academy and beyond gathered to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in 85 competitive events including Cybersecurity, Coding, Electric Vehicles, VEX robotics, Manufacturing Prototype, Structural Engineering, Flight, Data Science and Analytics and Engineering Design to Digital Video Production and Software Development. The conference provided a platform for members to challenge themselves, collaborate with peers, and showcase their talents.

Innovation Academy distinguished itself at the Georgia TSA State Leadership Conference with 33 students placing in 27 STEM competition categories. We are incredibly proud of all of our TSA competitors and wish those who will be competing in June at the National TSA Conference in Orlando the best of luck. Please join us in congratulating the following students who were ranked as the top 10 finalists in the state:

  • Kaelyn Fu – 3rd place: Photographic Technology
  • Cade McNair – 3rd place: Software Development
  • Zhihan Shi – 4th place: Future Technology Teacher
  • Matthew Huang and Veer Jain – 6th place: Board Game Design
  • Aarya Gopinath – 7th place: Music Production
  • Matthew Huang – 8th place: Extemporaneous Speech
  • Akshaj Dewan – 8th place: Webmaster
  • Donghyun Won and Glochan Bang – 9th place – Coding
  • Bhargavi Kaarthigeyen, Nicholas Scott, Bhav Geddam, Lewi Bayssa – 9th place – On Demand Video

Their dedication, hard work, and innovative spirit exemplify the core values of TSA and serve as an inspiration to aspiring technologists across the state.

“This years SLC attendance was a record 3060. In addition, over 170 volunteers, alumni and judges help produce the event at the Classic Center in Athens for our 63rd annual conference. In addition to the hands-on individual and team competitions, the conference included the opportunity to attend business, industry and college interest sessions and displays. Georgias State School Superintendent Richard Woods was our Keynote Speaker at our opening session. The chapter voting delegates elected the seven new state officers for the 24-25 school year during the business meeting and 255 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies, 850 finalist pins as well as the overall chapters were awarded during the Awards Session on Saturday. We are very proud of the effort shown by our members,” said Steve Price, Georgia TSA Executive Director. 

The success of the Georgia TSA State Leadership Conference would not have been possible without the support of dedicated TSA advisors, volunteers, and sponsors who are committed to empowering the next generation of innovators and leaders. For more information about Georgia TSA and its programs, please visit www.gatsa.org.

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