MANATEE -- More than 325 Manatee District middle and high school technology students are returning from Amelia Island today after sweeping the state at the Annual Florida Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference.
Southeast High and Nolan Middle Schools captured the state championships for overall performance.
Southeast High won the high school championship for top overall performance at the three-day conference.
Braden River High School finished second and Lakewood Ranch took third place for overall high school honors. This is the third consecutive year Manatee District has captured all three top slots for overall high school performance. Nolan Middle School was the number-one middle school overall winner with Johnson Middle School finishing third and Haile Middle School coming in forth.
Overall awards are cumulative and represent superior performance for all categories entered.
Manatee District Schools represented the state’s largest contingent with more than 300 area students attending the conference.
Eight of the district’s middle schools attended the conference including Buffalo Creek, Braden River, Haile, Harllee, Johnson, Lincoln, Nolan and Sugg Middle Schools. Five high schools competed including Bayshore, Braden River, Lakewood Ranch, Manatee and Southeast.
Students competed in a total of 74 events ranging from Vex Robotics and Engineering Design to Structural Engineering, offered over three days of competition. When the results were in, Manatee students grabbed a total of 114 top three finishes.