Karns High debate teams place 1st and 3rd at national competition

Susan EspirituKarns/Hardin Valley, Our Town Youth

Technology Student Association is a national organization that encourages middle and high school students to participate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through competitive events while challenging students to become leaders in their respective communities. Events integrate and apply STEM concepts across the entire school curriculum.

The Karns High School TSA (Technology Student Association) chapter won 1st place Gold in Debating Technology Issues category and 3rd place Bronze in the Chapter Team events at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky last month.

Eli Hicks and Meredith Morgan earned 1st place

Eli Hicks and Meredith Morgan were The Debating Technological Issues Team who earned 1st place. Eli is the outgoing 2022-23 Tennessee TSA state president, and Meredith is the outgoing 2022-23 Tennessee TSA state secretary as both graduated in May.

Eli Hicks said of the win, “When they announced that we had won Debating, Meredith and I just looked at each other and our jaws dropped. We were so surprised and just laughed as we went to get the trophy because we just couldn’t believe it.”

The Chapter Team had several members: Nolan Kit, Nathan Kit, Eli Hicks, Meredith Morgan, Emmaleigh Coffey, Reecey Grubbs. Nathan and Nolan are juniors while the rest graduated in May.

Eli said of the Chapter Team, “The 6 of us have all been doing Chapter Team for the past three years, so it was nice to finally see our hard work pay off.”

The 2023 TSA National Conference, held in Louisville, Kentucky, with 7,000 of its 300,000 members attending, represented 35 of the 50 states plus U.S. territory of Guam as well as the countries of Germany and Turkey. The performance and subsequent results of the Karns High TSA chapter are a testament to the determination and excellent work of the entire team and staff at Karns High School. To read more about the requirements of the competition: TSA website

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