attend TSA state convention
Seven PHS students headed to Nampa to compete in the Idaho Technology Student Association Convention Thursday, March 7th through Saturday, March 9th. The Prairie TSA Club competed against students from Wallace, Idaho Falls, Homedale, Minico, Rexburg, and Meridian, among others. This was the largest convention so far with 303 students competing.
Claire Whitley performed her duties as the TSA State Reporter at the opening session of the state convention. Throughout the school year she helped write articles for the Idaho TSA Newsletters.
1st place winners were: Claire Whitley in Photographic Technology and Matt Jungert in Open Manufacturing.
4th place winners were Claire Whitley, Matt Jungert and Drew Cochran in On Demand Video and Bryson Higgins in Dragster Design.
Other events the students entered in were; Vex Robotics – Matt Jungert and Drew Cochran; Dragster Design – Kevin Tillinghast, Brandon Higgins and Lucas Arnzen; Problem Solving – Brandon Higgins and Lucas Arnzen, and Kevin Tillinghast and Bryson Higgins; Structural Engineering – Bryson and Lucas, Drew and Matt, and Kevin and Brandon.
Claire and Matt will receive TSA Legacy Cords for their 4 years active participation in the Technology Student Association. The cords will be worn at graduation.
It has been a big commitment on the part of the students to prepare for state competition. Some of the events took as long as 3 months to research, plan, and build. The club would like to thank Darla Whitley during the meetings and Scott and Marie Jungert for attending the convention and helping out immensely with the students, judging events, setting up and taking down equipment and displays for the convention, not to mention the hours of time they put into helping the students prepare for competition. Their help was greatly valued not only by the students and Mr. Richardson, but the event staff in Nampa as well. Without the help of these individuals, it would have been difficult to accomplish the great achievements the students accomplished at state. Their desire and willingness to give the students every opportunity to learn and achieve is greatly appreciated by the students and Mr. Richardson.
7 students competed at the Technology Student Association state convention recently. Front from left are Brandon Higgins, Bryson Higgins and Kevin Tillinghast. Middle from left are Drew Cochran, Lucas Arnzen and adviser Jerry Richardson. Back from left are Claire Whitley and Matthew Jungert. Photo provided by Jerry Richardson.