By Doug Petrowski
While fellow students at Brier-Terrace Middle School are finishing the school year on Monday in their classrooms, Sean Moore, AsiaLee Donnelly, Haeley Johnston and Joey Owens are ending the year in Nashville, Tenn., at a conference for students excelling in science and technology.
The four BTMS students are competing at the 2012 National Technology Student Association Conference. The annual conference includes more than 60 middle and high school technology-based student competitions in addition to special interest sessions and leadership training for attendees.
The BTMS students will be accompanied by advisor Todd Johnston.
Moore, Donnelly, Johnston and Owens qualified for the national conference by winning events at the Technology Student Association state conference in March. The BTMS team has won more than 100 state championships since 2005, but this is the first time the school is sending students to the national event.
The students are all currently enrolled in the school’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program, and are also all current officers of the BTMS Technology Student Association club.
Donnelly, Johnston and Owens will be freshmen at Mountlake Terrace High School in the upcoming school year and are enrolled in the new STEM Magnet School there. Moore will participate in the International Baccalaureate program at Edmonds Woodway High School.