Middle, high school students finish strong in technology competitions

Haeley Johnston and Joey Owens at the high school regionals. (Photo courtesy BTMS TSA Club)

Haeley Johnston and Joey Owens at the high school regionals. (Photo courtesy BTMS TSA Club)

Brier-Terrace students, from left, Josie Morris, Maddy Caiola and Angel Garcia at the middle school regionals. (Photo courtesy of Edmonds School District)

Brier-Terrace students, from left, Josie Morris, Maddy Caiola and Angel Garcia at the middle school regionals. (Photo courtesy of Edmonds School District)

By Doug Petrowski

Local middle school and high school students are earning their way to top finishes at recent Technology Student Association (TSA) regional competitions.

Nineteen members of the Mountlake Terrace High School TSA, led by faculty advisor Mark Burbank, participated in the Western Washington Regional TSA Competition on Feb. 2 at Jackson High School in Mill Creek. Paxtyn Merten placed first in the Essays on Technology category; the team of Conner Ebright and Jonathan Theim picked up a first-place finish in Structural Engineering.

Brier-Terrace Middle School hosted the middle school Western Washington Regional TSA Competition on Jan. 12, with a number of BTMS students earning strong finishes. In total, 38 Brier-Terrace students competed in the regional event that also attracted clubs from Alderwood, College Place, Meadowdale and Finn Hill Middle Schools.

The BTMS TSA club not only produces students strong in TSA competitions (more than 100 state champions since 2005) but they also work for charitable causes. Last week the club presented the local chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with a check for $614. The son of BTMS faculty members James and Heidi Sullivan was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2011.

Both the middle school and high school TSA State Competitions are scheduled for March 28-30 in Bellevue.

MTHS placements at Western Washington Regional TSA (Feb. 2)
Paxtyn Merten, 1st Place, Essays on Technology
Conner Ebright and Jonathan Theim, 1st Place, Structural Engineering
Haeley Johnston and Joey Owens, 3rd Place, Structural Engineering
Emmarie Moore and Jessica Phung, 4th Place, Structural Engineering
AsiaLee Donnelly, 2nd Place, Career Prep
Joey Owens and Tiana Pennington-Obispo, 2nd Place, Technology Problem Solving

BTMS placements at Western Washington Regional TSA (Jan. 12)
Alex Joo and Fadel Shtiui, 2nd Place, Structural Engineering
Alex Simkowiak, Russell Presho, Matthew Johnson, 3rd Place, Structural Engineering
Kira Doan and Astra Downer, 4th Place, Structural Engineering
Alex Mellen and Wesley Hyde, 5th Place, Structural Engineering
Daniel Orsborn and Justin Ong, 3rd Place, Problem Solving
Marina Messak and Ashley Ruiz, 3rd Place, Problem Solving
Jacob Largent and Connor Loyles, 4th Place, Problem Solving
Fadel Shtiui, Ben Merrill, and Nick Jordan, 5th Place, Problem Solving

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