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Woodstock HS Earns State Technology Awards

Posted On: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Woodstock HS TSA Awards 4 22 20

Woodstock High School students placed at the statewide Technology Student Association competition, with the Principal and a dedicated volunteer also earning top awards!

Students participated in the Association’s State conference before the school closures, and competed in engineering contests that showcased their abilities to problem solve and think critically.

Principal Mark Smith was named the statewide Association’s Principal of the Year, and Larry Moraniec was named the Volunteer of the Year.  Mr. Moraniec, who was named both the school’s and CCSD’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year, for 12 years has volunteered at the school and shared his industry knowledge as a retired General Motors employee.

“Woodstock High School is a statewide leader in STEM, and these honors for its students, Principal Smith and Mr. Moraniec are more evidence of the school’s strengths in technology and engineering,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “I’m so proud of all of them, and how this recognition highlights the importance of dedication by students, leadership by administrators and community support.  Teacher Karen Zayance, who sponsors the school’s TSA chapter, is incredibly dedicated to her students and their success, and these awards all honor her as well.”  

Numerous Woodstock HS students earned recognition, including Kate Meredith, who placed first in Children’s Stories; and James Barber and Dayne Bergman, who placed second in Coding.  

The school’s Leap (Leadership, Education, Achievement, and Personal Growth) Legacy Challenge team of Destiny Anderson, Olivia Kelley, Fawzan Khan, Elizabeth Mitchell, Zach Reach, Andrew Thomas, Cesar Lucena Trullijo, and team leader Portia Simpson, placed second.  This contest judged the chapter’s leadership activities completed throughout the year, as well as its ability at the Conference to model five important leadership practices: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. 

Also placing in the top 10 in Georgia in their contests: Biotechnology: Elizabeth Mitchell, Dayne Berman, Fawzan Kahn, Brayden Ellis; Software Development: James Barber, Nick Torres, Dayne Berman; Systems Control: Kahlan Clark, Anthony Gentile, Khalid Bargoti; Video Game Design: Patrick Li, DeLon Henderson, and Alexander Harrington.

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