Hampton High School continues to produce state champions

John Thompson • Apr 10, 2018 at 7:27 PM

HAMPTON — After 11 of his architecture and engineering students at Hampton High School captured first-place honors in state SkillsUSA competition last year, teacher Daniel Arnett expected a bit lower showing this year. That made the recent results of the state competition in Chattanooga all the sweeter.

The Carter County school came away with first-place wins in architectural drafting (Cody Vines), additive manufacturing (Lillian Street and Zack Oliver), dental assisting (Harley Hill) and quiz bowl (Landen Street, Zach Story, Trinity Camillo and Houston Brown).

This means Arnett’s students have earned 37 state champion titles in the last three years. The corner of the classroom where the students hang state champion banners is getting very crowded. Perhaps a talented architectural student can look into that problem.

The corner holds championship banners that include the last three years in architectural drafting, the last two years in additive manufacturing and the last two years in quiz bowl.

The school also has one other state champion. Katie Jenkins, a sophomore, won the Future Business Leaders of America championship in business procedures.

The state championships are just the latest successes for the students. Starting in October at the University of Tennessee Engineering Day, Cody Vines finished first in the American Society of Civil Engineers Balsa Wood Bridge competition, while his classmates Trevor Eller finished third and Zack Story finished fourth. Three out of the top four is pretty good.

In UT’s Egg Drop competition, Trinity Camillo was the champion. Her egg survived a three-story drop

In UT’s Penny Boat competition, Zack Oliver and Kole Fisk tied for first with a boat that could still float with 325 pennies on board.

The Hampton students also joined forces with students from the county’s other three high schools: Cloudland, Happy Valley and Unaka to win the Johnson City Area Home Builders Association Battle of the Build, creating a really fine portable chicken coop.

Of course, the students also excelled in the regional competitions leading to the state SkillsUSA competition.

But there busy year is not over. They still have the state Technology Student Association competition and are already qualified for the national SkillsUSA competition.

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