Technology Student Association State Competition

On March 25 & 26, seven Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center students representing both Calhoun and Gilmer Counties competed at the West Virginia Technology Student Association (TSA) State Conference held at Cedar Lakes in Ripley, West Virginia.  Students prepared for weeks, and the fruits of that hard work were revealed at the Awards Ceremony held on April 8. In celebration of the second year of TSA at CGCC the Coyote Beautiful Simulated Workplace culinary team prepared pizza for all CGCC TSA members before the Awards Ceremony. 

Pepper McCormick, Lexi Gregory, Daisy Snyder, Riley Church, Taylor Jenkins will attend the National Technology Student Association Conference, held at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, and will compete against high school students from all over the United States, Germany & Turkey. 

Lead Advisor Virginia McCormick had this to say, “This is only the second year that CGCC has had a TSA Chapter, and our students have once again exceeded my wildest expectations.  I am very proud to be their advisor and appreciate all of their hard work.”

The TSA students would like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Hupp, CGCC Assistant Director for presenting awards, to Advisor, Paul Parsons for mentoring the Architectural Design team, Advisor Michael Jackson for the use of the Forensics Kit, Kris Snyder for Chaperoning, Judging at State Conference, and transporting students, and Coyote Beautiful for preparing pizza for the members before the Awards Ceremony.


Team Members/Contestant


Music Production*

Taylor Jenkins & Riley Church

1st Place

On Demand Video*

Pepper McCormick, Lexi Gregory, Daisy Snyder, Riley Church, Taylor Jenkins

1st Place

Prepared Presentation*

Lexi Gregory

1st Place

Debating Technological Issues*

Pepper McCormick & Lexi Gregory

2nd Place

Extemporaneous Speech*

Pepper McCormick

2nd Place

Digital Video Production*

Pepper McCormick, Lexi Gregory, Daisy Snyder, Riley Church, Taylor Jenkins

3rd Place

Forensic Science

Bryan Thomas & Riley Church

3rd Place

Technology Problem Solving

Riley Church & Bryan Thomas

3rd Place

Technology Bowl

Pepper McCormick, Daisy Snyder, Christian Wine

4th Place

Architectural Design

Pepper McCormick & Daisy Snyder

5th Place

Prepared Presentation

Bryan Thomas

6th Place

*Students in these competitions will be competing Nationally in June.

Lexi Gregory and Shirley Hupp

Taylor Jenkins and Riley Church

Lexi Gregory

Daisy Snyder, Lexi Gregory, Pepper McCormick, Riley Church, and Taylor Jenkins