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CHS and TMS Technology Student Association (TSA) chapters continue winning streak at national competition

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
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CHS TSA students (L to R) are Devon Young, Keaton Estes and Emily Rule. Photo by Tim Kennedy, CHS
At the end of June while most students were enjoying vacation, Cedarcrest TSA members Keaton Estes, Emily Rule and Devon Young and their advisor, Tim Kennedy, traveled to very hot Dallas, Texas to compete at the TSA National Conference.

Keaton Estes competed in Electronic Game Design, Emily Rule in Promotional Graphics and Devon Young in Music Production.The entire team worked together for their on-site 48-hour On Demand Video competition.  Devon placed 8th in the nation in Music Production. Keaton, Emily and Devon placed 7th in the nation in On Demand Video.

The CHS team was joined by the Tolt Middle School TSA, and were excited that one of their students, Christian Aksama, earned a 1st place trophy as the national champion for his on-site Technical Writing.

Of the fifteen Tolt students who qualified at state, six competitors elected to travel to TSA Nationals to test their skills against middle school students from other states. Melissa Aitken partnered with Isabella Brinkmann to reach the first round of finalists in website design.

Christian Aksama joined Simon Fraser in presenting a new automotive product in Inventions and Innovations. These two also matched up with Connor Burshears and took a written test on the subject of technological knowledge. Vaibhav Vijay stood before judges and gave a prepared speech on the importance of technology, and later partnered with Connor Burshears to present a USB-powered device they had invented, using recycled materials.

Melissa Aitken and Christian Aksama went bravely into the testing room together to write separate essays on the subject of technology.

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Tolt TSA students (Back row, left to right): Vaibhav Vijay, Connor Burshears, Christian Aksama. Front row, left to right: Simon Fraser, Melissa Aitken, Isabella Brinkmann. Photo by Tim Kennedy, CHS
Two Tolt competitors were delighted to go up onto the stage as finalists in their challenge areas.

Connor Burshears earned 6th place honors for his written test in Tech Bowl. And the entire Washington state delegation was ecstatic when Christian Aksama earned his National First Place honor for the essay he wrote on technology.

The Tolt delegation was also recognized for its success this year when it was chosen as an outstanding chapter for the state of Washington and teacher/advisor Mark Klune was named “Advisor of the Year” for Middle School TSA for the state of Washington.

Congratulations to Cedarcrest and Tolt TSA students and their dedicated advisors, Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Klune for TSA’s  most impressive year on record.

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