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Spotlight on Education: Local Students Place 2nd at State TSA Competition

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BRADETON – TBT recently profiled Caleb Cotton and Bailey Spillane, students at W.D. Sugg Middle School, who were not only helping to improve a recreational facility in their community, but representing their school at a major academic competition. We're happy to report that they finished 2nd in the statewide Technology Student Association challenge. The two future engineers devised and constructed bat racks, helmet holders, and softball returns for the softball fields at Palma Sola Park.

“I chose this project because I love baseball, and I wanted to help the children who play softball at Palma Sola," Cotton told TBT prior to the competition. "I also love construction."

Spillane, who actually plays on a softball team at Palma Sola said she wanted to give something back to the park where she and her teammates play. Both students say they want to become engineers one day. The creative problem solving at which they have proven themselves so adept, bodes well for their chances of success, even in such a competitive field.

TSA aims to foster personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Students at member clubs throughout the country learn to apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematical skills by participating in club projects and competitions. Congratualtions Caleb and Bailey! Keep up the great work.



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