CTE Students “Model the Way” National TSA Conference

Washington, DC, July 2, 2019:  Students from the Career & Technical Student Organization, TSA, represented WISD at the TSA National Conference June 28-July 2 in Washington, DC. TSA, Technology Student Association, serves students enrolled in CTE courses aligned with these six career clusters: Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communication; Architecture and Construction; Business, Management and Administration; Information Technology; Manufacturing; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Participants enjoy the experience of applying classroom and laboratory lessons in hands-on activities or competitive events.

This year’s conference theme is “Model the Way,” as national TSA marks more than four decades of enhancing personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through intra-curricular activities, competitions, and other programs.

The WHS Sci-Viz (Scientific Visualization) team of Leslie Martinez, Liam Hill, Colton Lee and Nicole Holmberg competed amongst 75 other competitors creating an animation over a scientific principle and portfolio to document the process. This team being first time members of TSA and competitor were excited for the opportunity to represent WHS and WISD and have plans to compete in the same event next year, taking what they learned while in DC into next year.

The WHS Structural Design and Engineering team of Dhruval Rangrej and Brandon Rodriguez made their first appearance at TSA Nationals. Rangrej and Rodriquez after taking 3rd at state contest the team was set to make the top twelve semifinals, after studying with former WHS/TSA alumni and national structural winner Thomas Caliendo. The team was disqualified for an improper lamination in their bridge.  After having their bridge test by the judges for further learning, their bridge held an amazing 393 pounds of pressure. This was the second highest weight held for the entire contest.

The CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) team consisted of Freshman Nicole Holmberg and Colton Lee.  Students competing in this event were to design a STEM based toy with the theme of the hosting city.  Using the tools in the WHS Production lab, Nicole and Colton created an interlocking puzzle of three layers in which each had a maze a ball bearing would make its way through each level.  On the outside of the box that contained each layer, the cityscape of the Washington, DC skyline was embossed.  This project was entirely 3D-printed and had amazing potential. 

The Digital Photography event was entered by Kadin Vire for a third year.  This event had a theme of “Landscape of Seasons” where students submitted five photos taken and edited to fit the theme.    While at the national conference, Vire also participated with the Texas TSA State Leadership team helping with the state delegation meetings.  During the second state delegation meeting, she lead a group of over 50 Texas TSA students born in June through an activity to get to know each other using this year’s theme of “Model the Way”.

While at the national conference, students attended session on, “Want to Be an Engineer”, Special Interest Session on LEAP Leadership Challenge as well as the general sessions where “Learning to Fail” was a topic by the guest speaker, former TSA National Officer.  More than 250,000 TSA members across the United States are “learning to lead in a technical world.”  The students from Waxahachie High School represented WISD strongly and the future is bright for TSA at WHS.

For more information about TSA events at WHS, contact Shyla Vire - svire@wisd.org or James Parker – japarker@wisd.org at 972.923.4614.

-Students shown in picture are as follows: Pictured left to right at the Nation’s capital:

Nicole Holmberg (Freshman), Colton Lee (Junior) Brandon Rodriguez (Junior), Dhruval Rangrej (Freshman) Liam Hill (Junior) and Leslie Martinez (Junior).