Earlier this summer, the Riverview School District Technology Student Association chapters competed at the national TSA 2010 Conference in Baltimore. Last year, the CHS On Demand Video team brought home a 2nd place trophy and were eager to repeat their success.
This year’s National Technology Student Association Conference gathered 4,300 student competitors and educators in a sweltering Baltimore. CHS Advisor Tim Kennedy brought a team of 10 students including Nikki Peck, Sara Hoppe, Kathy Brusewitz, Aaron Shell, Kyle Roberts, Kyle Dunbar, Lindsey Bottman, Addison Stillion, Devon Young and Mike Hall.
CHS competitors competed in a range of contests including prepared presentation, promotional graphics, electronic game design, on demand video, technical problem solving and imaging technology.
Advisor Mark Klune and the Tolt Middle School TSA chapter made their first appearance at nationals with the team of Melissa Aitken, Emily Rule, Tessa Rutledge, Al Knox and Taylor Robbins. They competed in Web design, prepared speech, video, digital photography, multimedia and electronic gaming.
For Cedarcrest students participating in state and national competitions, Imaging Technology is consistently their strongest event. Lindsey Bottman placed 5th at nationals last year. This year, CHS completely dominated at state, taking all three of the top awards.
The chapter is allowed to take only one competitor in that category to nationals and this year Lindsey Bottman returned to make a run for a trophy. Her photographic display to the provided theme of "What Family Means to Me" is both visually stunning and disturbing as she tackled some of the challenging aspects of family relationships. It was a showstopper at the conference, piling up lines of people during the public viewing. Lindsey once again qualified for semi-finals and created a presentation at the conference that covered the work of our competitive electronic gaming teams. During the final ceremony, Lindsey was awarded 2nd place in the nation in the Imaging Technology competition.
Other awards given to CHS at the national TSA conference included recognition as a "Chapter of Excellence" and CHS Advisor Tim Kennedy was "Advisor of the Year" for Washington state.
Tolt Middle School competitors Emily Rule and Tessa Rutledge competed in a video production category that required them to research examples of Green energy at work in their local communities. The two shot and edited a three-minute video of young people saving water and electricity, and also interviewed members of the community who have features built into their houses that save energy or produce electricity from solar collectors.
The pair submitted their entry and hoped to be among the ten finalists. Tensions were pretty high as the first sets of finalists were announced, but when the tenth school was announced, and it was Tolt, the entire Riverview delegation erupted with excitement. It turns out that Tolt’s entry finished fourth in the nation, making these two students the first ever to earn finalist pins for Tolt Middle School.
The TSA leadership training academy, a TSA celebration at a Baltimore Orioles game, and a side trip to the nation’s capital rounded out a busy week of activities in Baltimore.
The Riverview School District TSA chapters are starting the school year with a lot to be proud of. TSA has been the largest career organization at CHS and the largest TSA chapter in the state of Washington. Lindsey Bottman is now the Washington state TSA president with Nikki Peck serving as the state vice president. For a small school district, Riverview has garnered much attention at both the state and national level. Both the Tolt and CHS TSA chapters are excited for what lies ahead in the upcoming year.