By Kristi Reed
Top 10 rankings in eight events earned Mill Creek High School's Technology Student Association (TSA) chapter its first ever outstanding chapter finalist award at the Georgia TSA State Leadership Conference held March 13-15 at The Classic Center in Athens.
More than 180 chapters from middle and high schools across Georgia competed in a variety of events including animatronics, technology problem solving, video game design, desktop publishing, digital video production and more.
Mill Creek finished 10th overall in the high school division with 49 points. The Mill Creek VEX Robotics team (Robohawks 7880A) accounted for nine of those points after placing second in the state. Team members included Justin Estep, Brendan Driscoll and Caillou Kim.
Estep also placed second in electrical applications and was a finalist in the flight endurance competition.
Other Mill Creek competition finalists included Matt Moore (computer-aided design), Samuel Smart (technical sketching and application) and Lisa Reed (electrical applications). The Mill Creek Technology Bowl (Estep, Reed and Driscoll) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Production (Moore and Pulkit Gupta) teams also finished in the top 10.
Mill Creek also competed in the electrathon rally. Senior Lisa Reed was the driver for the Hawks. Though the Hawks did not place, the team managed to finish despite mechanical difficulties during the race. The Mill Creek Electrathon team's next competition will be the Run for the Peaches in Quitman, Ga. this May.
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