Cedarcrest and Tolt Students Win Big at State TSA Conference
Students Qualify for Nationals this Coming June!
completed with contributions by Tim Kennedy and Mark Klune.
Over three days near the end of March 2017, Cedarcrest High School and Tolt Middle School descended upon Yakima, Washington to attend and compete in the State Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference. More than 800 participants attended the event, making it the largest state conference ever for TSA. Because of the travel involved this year, Tolt brought a smaller team than normal, but still performed exceptionally well over the three-day program.
Cedarcrest's Tim Kennedy serves as the Advisor for the high school program and Tolt's Mark Klune advises the middle school students. Together, both shared that though the event felt like a mad and chaotic dash at times, a number of students were successful in earning a trip to the National competition in Orlando, Florida, June 21-25. Last year, Cedarcrest TSA won four prizes at Nationals and hope to repeat as National Champions in the Video Game Design category, where students Callum Walker, Amy Duer, Vivek Patel, Jackson Frank, Clayton Kristiansen, and Michael Norris retained their state championship at the Yakima event.
A list of high school and middle school honors follow. Students who placed in the top two (or three) places have qualified to compete at the National TSA Conference in Orlando, Florida.
To see descriptions of what each event entails, please click here.
CEDARCREST HIGH SCHOOL
1st Place - Technology Knowledge Bowl Team - Michael Norris, Vivek Patel, Callum Walker
1st Place - Video Game Design - Callum Walker, Amy Duer, Vivek Patel, Jackson Frank, Clayton Kristiansen, Michael Norris (repeating state champions and hopefully the same at Nationals)
1st Place - 3D Animation - Callum Walker, Amy Duer
1st Place - Computer Integrated Manufacturing - Leanna Henion, Jeffrey Henion
1st Place - Children’s Stories - Amy Duer, Javairia Haq, Brooke Downing, Elli Viljamaa
2nd Place - Future Technology Teacher - Maria Arguelles
2nd Place - Music Production - Callum Walker, Vivek Patel, Amy Duer
2nd Place - SciViz (Scientific Visualization) - Callum Walker, Vivek Patel, Michael Norris
2nd Place - Photographic Technology - Leanna Henion
3rd Place - Technology Knowledge Bowl Written - Connor Aksama
3rd Place - Promotional Design - Maria Arguelles
Top 5 Place - Digital Video Production - Husein Syed, Connor Aksama, Elli Viljamaa
Top 5 Place - Photographic Technology - Connor Aksama, Brooke Downing
TOLT MIDDLE SCHOOL
1st Place - Children's Stories - Jasmine Bodis, Christi Norris
1st Place - Community Service Video - Seamus Allen, Andy Culverwell
1st Place - Forensic Technology - Christi Norris, Claire Thompson
1st Place - Prepared Speech - Seamus Allen
1st Place - STEM Animation - Zachary Tisdale, Nicolas Risukhin, Oscar Thompson
2nd Place - Children's Stories - Anna Kristiansen, Claire Thompson
2nd Place - Medical Technology Issues - Sasha Kreymer, Madeline Hoffman
2nd Place - Tech Bowl Written (students competed in an online exam) - Seamus Allen, Andy Culverwell
3rd Place - Essays on Technology - Madeline Hoffman
3rd Place - STEM Animation - Ben Tisdale, Daniel Lee
3rd Place - Tech Bowl (students competed in a three-part exam) - Seamus Allen, Andy Culverwell, Alex Yim
3rd Place - Video Game Design - Ben Tisdale, Zachary Tisdale
4th Place - Flight - Alex Yim
4th Place - Mass Production - Eric Watson, Elyse Darrington, Eva Gill
4th Place - Prepared Speech - Tejasvini Vijay
5th Place - Digital Photography - Madeline Hoffman
5th Place - Essays on Technology - Andy Culverwell
We congratulate all our TSA students in both programs and wish those heading to attend and compete in the National TSA Conference in Orlando nothing but the best!
Also one note regarding Tolt's 1st Place finish in Forensic Technology:
Retired Tolt science teacher Ruth Cruz came back and helped mentor and teach the students about Forensic Technology. The team went to state and won first place, earning a trip to Nationals! Thank you Mrs. Cruz!