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C2 CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT COMMUNITY Sunday, May 18, 2003 ENGAGEMENTS Gerbeauser, Suggs Contributed Photo Danielle Marie Gerheauser and Thomas James Suggs Mr. Mark A. Gerheauser of Winchester and Ms. Bonnie L. Gerheauser of Culpeper are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Marie Gerheauser to Mr.

Thomas James Suggs, son of Thomas M. Suggs Jr. of Catlett and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C.

Kerns of Remington. Miss Gerheauser is a 2002 graduate of Liberty High School. She is currently employed by Upsale Resale of Merrifield and is a full time student at Strayer College in Manassas. Mr. Suggs is a 1999 graduate of Liberty High School.

He is currently employed by Papa John's Pizza in Warrenton. A July 19, 2003, wedding is planned at Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton. Green, Pentecost Green, Mr. and Mrs. Angus McDonald Green announce the engagement of their daughter, Anne Fitzhugh Green, to David Lee Pentecost, son of Mrs.

Chauncey Pentecost of Lake Mary, and the late Mr. Pentecost. Ms. Green, of Altamonte Springs, formerly of Culpeper, has a bachelor of science degree in finance and maran keting from the E. Claiborne Robbins School of Business at the University of Richmond.

Ms. Green did a semester in London at Richmond College. Mr. Pentecost, also of Altamonte Springs, has a bachelor of arts degree in English language and literature, and a masters in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University. He has an Ed.S.

degree from Central Michigan ANNIVERSARY Contributed Photo Anne Fitzhugh Green University. The wedding will take place in Culpeper in the fall. Pullens' 25th 8 Contributed Photo Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pullen Mr.

and Mrs. Thomas Pullen Burke, performed the ceremocelebrated 25 years of marriage ny. They were joined with their by renewing their vows on daughter, Patricia, family and December 14, 2002, which was friends for the ceremony. held at Gid Brown Bible Afterward, a reception was Baptist Church in Washington, held at their home in Va. Rixeyville.

They took a short Their minister, John K. trip to Virginia Beach. High school students take third in state Culpeper County High School students Paul Inskeep and Chase Dillion captured third place in state competition at the 32nd Annual Virginia Technology Student Association State Leadership Conference held April 25-27 in Hampton. One of the two students said he wouldn't take a thousand dollars for the experience. "If I were to get a thousand dollars or get the experience, I would gladly give away the thousand for the experience," said Inskeep.

The two CCHS juniors, in their first venture into state TSA competition, won third place in the radio-controlled transportation category which required the student competitors to design, fabricate, test and demonstrate the use of a radio-controlled vehicle. During a five-minute demonstration the students had to maneuver their vehicle through an unforeseen course and collect and distribute a load, which in this case was a ball. The students were evaluated on performance, vehicle craftsmanship and documentation of design efforts. Inskeep, 17, and Dillion, 16, both of whom aspire to be mechanical engineers, are classmates in instructor Vic Krohn's Principles of Technology class at the high school, a course that focuses on applied physics and pre-engineering. Their unnamed robot was born when the classmates put their heads together in Krohn's class.

"They started doing design work last fall and began prototyping in the dead of winter," Krohn said. "When we first started, we had a bunch of different designs so we decided which would be best for us," explained Dillion, son of Jerry and 1 Debbie Dillion. "We talked several times in class and said, 'Here's what we need to do find something economical and easy to and one think led to another," said Inskeep, son of Bill and Carol Inskeep. "The design took about two months on every Saturday to work on it, and sometimes Sundays. The total cost was $750, which is not very expensive for a robot." The two started with a remote control car from Radio Shack and altered it to fit their design, including adding a considerably bigger motor and cutting one of the car's two engines.

"I made a separate gear box to gear it down and reduce the speed and get a little more torque out of it," said Inskeep. By regulation, the contraption could measure no more than two feet long, 16 inches wide and 10 inches tall. "The dimensions were given to us," said Inskeep, "so the hand or claw had to fold down. It took a lot of engineering so it would be compact yet lift up and pick up a ball." Dillion said he and his classmate used aluminum to make the robot's one arm which was powered by battery-powered screw drivers. "We made a jaw at the end of the arm which was opened and closed by hand screw drivers and batteries," he said.

One remote control, run by Dillion, maneuvered the vehicle and a second remote control, run by Inskeep, maneuvered the arm. Although comfortable with their design and their finished product, the local robotbuilders were a might apprehensive about their nameless one's chances in state competition. "We were a little unsure about what we were getting into," said Inskeep. "There were so many unanswered questions." Still, the two teenagers and their R2D2-wannabe headed for Hampton with dogged determination and high hopes. Krohn was there to root them on.

The competition was stiff. "Out of all the teams entered into the competition, only seven teams in the very stringent qualifications for the final part, which was (performing) on the floor doing the actual competition," explained Krohn. The Culpeper crew was among the seven. One of the teams entered into the competition, only seven teams qualified in the very stringent qualifications for the final part, which was (performing) on the floor doing the actual competition," explained Krohn. The Culpeper crew was among the seven.

One of the seven qualifiers withdrew upon seeing how difficult the course was. The competitors would be tasked with getting their radio-controlled transport to pick up three balls and place them through a hole 14 inches above the ground. Extra points would be awarded if the robot set the balls on pedestals or if he robot got the balls into a four-inch-high corral. A good deal of strategy played into performing the tasks. At the time of the final competition, however, when Dillion, Inskeep and their robot were ready to shine, modern technologies clashed, Lady Luck intervened, and the Culpeper teens came out on the shorter end.

Their downball came at the hands of none other than one of America's best-loved gadgets, the cell phone. Inskeep, Dillion and Krohn explained the unfortunate turn of events: Said Inskeep: "We were the first to go so we knew we had to make a good impression." Said Dillion: "When we first turned it on and lined it up to pick up the first ball, it was messing up. Paul told me the arm wasn't working right." Said Krohn: "By the luck of the draw Chase and Paul were first. When they fired up their machine, the judges failed to announce for everyone to turn off their cell phones (in the large atrium area where the competition was held), and the frequency overwhelmed the crystals of the radio control. As soon as they fired it up, the devices that control the arms and the car started to selfdestruct." Hasty announcements about cell phones were made, but the damage to Culpeper's as well as several other eager entries was done.

"We were a little unsure about what we were getting into. There were so many unanswered questions." CCHS student Paul Inskeep, on competing in TSA competition Only two teams were able to score points so they claimed first and second place in the competition. In spite of being unable to show their robot's stuff, Dillion and Inskeep managed to win third in the state. Who knows where they would have landed had all gone well. "Both winning teams had brilliant designs," said Krohn, "and they had both been to the state competition before.

This was our first time competing in this category. An official there, who has been officiating for six years, said he was extremely impressed with how well thought our Chase and Paul's design was; he said it was almost over designed. There is no question that if luck had played a different part, they would have competed more strongly for first or second place." "I think we could have beaten them if we could have gone," added Dillion. "There was not much we could do to prevent the interference," said Inskeep. Project documentation gave the local team a stronghold on third place.

"There is very detailed, extensive documentation that is part of the project and that's really what did it for them," Krohn said. Student Mike Miller had helped with the documentation. "I knew we could do it," said Inskeep, who felt his team would get ahead in that area. "I was real confident in Mike's documentation." The competitors' disappointment at their transport's trouble was swiftly turned to enthusiasm at the prospect of competing at the National TSA Conference to be held in Orlando, from June 25-27. Miller, who was unable to attend the state competition, will accompany Dillion and Inskeep to nationals.

"I feel pumped," said Inskeep. "I'm really excited about going to nationals." The students have decided to go back to square one before competing nationally. "They're decided to do a complete redesign, to take what they've learned and redo it," said Krohn. "We learned a lot from building ours and seeing others," said Dillion, "and we learned what we can do better for next time. We're going to make it lighter and smaller and faster." "We have to completely tear down the robot," said Inskeep.

"This robot was more of an 'inthe-woods, farm robot." He laughed at that description given by his father Bill. "My dad said we built it to try to take it out into the woods, that it was overkill with everything too big and too heavy. A lot of the robots at the competition were not built nearly as structurally should as ours, but that made it bulkier. We have unanimously decided to rebuild, using the same parts, but making it more lightweight." The local TSA competitors are ready to roll, and they believe with a redesigned robot, they'll be real contenders on the national level. They also say they'll be more prepared to deal with their unseen sabotager, the cell phone.

"From what we saw (at state competition) and what we have to work with, I think we can do really well," said Dillion. "We will definitely put 'safeties' on it so it won't bust. If we get it built pretty quickly and well, and get some testing and practice, we have a chance at placing in the top five." About TSA The Technology Student Association promotes technological literacy, leadership and problem solving. There are more than 8,000 high, middle and elementary school students in over 148 chapters spanning the Commonwealth. At Culpeper County High School, TSA has been in existence for four years.

Faculty advisor Vic Krohn said the chapter's previous best performance in state-level competition was an 8th place in computer troubleshooting. This year, in addition to Dillion's and Inskeep's thirdplace finish, CCHS Career Academy student Josh Barber placed in the state's Top 10 in Prepared Presentation, which requires participants to deliver an oral presentation with audio visual enhancement based on the theme for the current year's conference. The theme for the 2003 conference was "TSA, Unveiling the Potential in You." The Most Memorable Day of Your Life Announcements $6 Photos Included Deadline: 12 P.M. Tuesday Wedding and engagement forms are available at the front desk Color or black white photos can be used. Computer printouts polaroids do not work well.

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