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Fairfax County Students Win Technology Awards

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) middle and high school students won first place awards in 19 categories at the 2012 Virginia Technology Student Association (TSA) State Leadership Conference, held last week in Richmond. The three days of competitive events and displays of student work culminated in FCPS winning the Lynn P. Barrier Outstanding School Division Award for middle schools for the third consecutive year.

Winners will advance to the National TSA Conference, scheduled for June 21-25 in Nashville.

At the middle school level, FCPS students won 10 first place awards, 12 second place awards, and 11 third place awards. At the high school level, FCPS students won nine first place awards, six second place awards, and seven third place awards.

First place winners at the middle school level (level I), with their category in parentheses, include:

*Shawn Jassal of Franklin Middle School (Career Prep).

*Navya Kalale and Sahana Ramani of Carson Middle School (Challenging Technology Issues).

*Arvind Chava of Carson Middle School (Electrical Applications).

*Arvind Chava, Sashank Thupukari, and Anant Tewari of Carson Middle School (Environmental Focus).

*Pranay Singh, Dhruv Gupta, and Rohan Pandit of Carson Middle School (Inventions and Innovations).

*Ashan Krishnakumar, Kim Mai, Sruthi Jayaraman, Thuy-Vi Nguyen, Amee Kapadia, Daniel Ruiz, Catherine Im, Ray Liu, Paul Dumitrescu, and Sadaf Kolia of Frost Middle School (Medical Technology Issues).

*Shawn Jassal of Franklin Middle School (Multimedia Production).

*Dhruv Gupta of Carson Middle School (Prepared Speech).

*Pavan Reddy and Josh Choe of Franklin Middle School (Structural Engineering).

*Kevin Geissler, Patrick Hammes, and Ben Spector of Herndon Middle School (Video Game Design).

First place winners at the high school level (level II), with their category in parentheses, include:

*Taylor Evans, Jack Polo, Amy Rhodes, and Ryan Aitken of West Potomac High School (Architectural Model).

*Sherry Lee of Woodson High School (Career Comparisons).

*Angela Roller of Oakton High School (Desktop Publishing).

*Jackie Beckwith, Louis Litchford, Alex Hauser, Will Rupp, and Everett Lorentzen of West Potomac High School (Engineering Design).

*Sherry Lee of Woodson High School (Essays on Technology).

*Angela Roller of Oakton High School (Extemporaneous Presentation).

*Amy Vandenberghe and Brett Bowker of West Springfield High School (Manufacturing Prototype).

*Elizabeth Roller of Oakton High School (Photographic Technology).

*Andy Artze, Exxus Altimus, and Michael Sherburne of Robinson Secondary School (System Control Technology).

FCPS students and schools also won the following awards:

*Carson Middle School, first place, Chapter Excellence Level I; second place, Community Service Award Level I; second place, Arvid W. Van Dyke Outstanding School Award.

*Arvind Chava of Carson Middle School, Most Competitive Technosophere Participant, Middle School Level.

*Briana Neuberger of Chantilly High School, Virginia Career Education Foundation Scholarship.