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Tolt student Callum Walker named national animation champion
For the third year in a row, Tolt Middle School has a national champion among its students. Seventh-grader Callum Walker claimed the top placing July 2 at the Technology Student Association (TSA) national conference July 2, in Orlando, Fla.
Walker competed in the animation category, with a program that documented the Tolt chapter's American Cancer Society year-long fundraiser. As part of the competition, he also met with a judging panel for an interview on the ideas and design behind his project.
His award represents the third consecutive national champion from Tolt Middle School in the last three years; previous winners were Christian Aksama in essay writing, and Micah Mutch in multi-media.
Also in Orlando for the TSA conference were Walker's schoolmates Logan Cromarty, seventh grade, and Kylie Gerhard, sixth grade. Cromarty joined Walker in a structural engineering challenge, and Kylie partnered with Walker in problem solving. All three students were also entered in the video gaming challenge after winning first place at the TSA state competition.
TSA is a competition-based technology organization open to all students at both Tolt Middle School and Cedarcrest High School. Events span technology events from media arts to science and engineering. Students can compete alone, with a partner, or on a team. Interested students at either school can contact the advisor at the start of each school year, or visit each chapter's webpage, found linked from each school's website.
cutline: Callum Walker, center, is the national animation champion following the TSA national conference July 2. He and classmates Kyle Gerhard, left, and Logan Cromarty competed against 4,500 students from across the U.S. Turkey and Germany in the annual event.