Mountlake Terrace High, Brier Terrace Middle students excel at state technology conference; Johnston named association president

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MTHS junior Haeley Johnston was elected to serve as WTSA President for the 2015-2016 school year at this past weekend's WTSA State Conference held in Bellevue. (Photos courtesy of Todd Johnston)
Mountlake Terrace High School junior Haeley Johnston was elected to serve as WTSA President for the 2015-16 school year at this past weekend’s WTSA State Conference in Bellevue. (Photos courtesy of Todd Johnston)

Students from Mountlake Terrace High School and Brier Terrace Middle School enjoyed an exceptional weekend at the 32nd annual WTSA (Washington Technology Student Association) State Conference, bringing home numerous awards and, for one Mountlake Terrace student, a new title of State President.

MTHS Junior Haeley Johnston was elected to the position of student association President, an office that she will hold during the 2015-16 school year. Johnston has been serving as the group’s Vice-President this year; during the 2013-14 school year Johnston held the officer position of Reporter.

Johnston is the only Edmonds School District student to hold an office position in the state association.

Johnston was also one of 10 MTHS students to win or place in various high school competitions held at the three-day state conference in Bellevue Mar. 26-28. Johnston took home the top prize in the Career Prep event; MTHS students Connor Ebright and Jonathan Thiem earned the first place award in Structural Engineering and Design.

More than two dozen Brier Terrace Middle School students picked up awards in the middle school/junior high competitions. Event winners included Alec Matulka, Themba Kimani, Reece Newhouse, Krithik Duraisamy, Charles Fritz and Josh Paul in Inventions and Innovations; Trevor Doan, Nolan Degarlis, Josh Paul and Andrew Steck in Junior Solar Sprint; Aidan Alderson, Cole Johnston and Meghan Park in Leadership Strategies; and Reece Newhouse in Digital Photography.

The 2015 WTSA State Conference drew almost 800 students from 70 schools throughout the state of Washington.

MTHS results, WTSA State Conference

CAD 3D Engineering:

4th Place: Caleb Sill

Career Prep:

1st Place: Haeley Johnston

2nd Place: AsiaLee Donnelly

Children’s Story:

2nd Place: AsiaLee Donnelly, Paxtyn Merten, Kathleen Cram, Netania Rivera

Debating Technological Issues:

2nd Place: Haeley Johnston, Joey Owens

Essays on Technology:

4th Place: Kathleen Cram

Structural Engineering and Design:

1st Place: Connor Ebright, Jonathan Thiem

Silver Achievement Award: Jacob Dodd, Jake Peters, AsiaLee Donnely

BTMS results, WTSA Conference, Mar. 26-28

Career Prep:

3rd Place: Cole Johnston

4th Place: Tiia Freeman

Digital Photography:

1st Place: Reece Newhouse

Dragster Challenge:

2nd Place: Tony Le

4th Place: Matthew Khajepour

5th Place: Tiia Freeman

Essays on Technology:

3rd Place: Reiden Chea

4th Place: Ariba Janoo

Inventions and Innovations:

1st Place: Alec Matulka, Themba Kimani, Reece Newhouse, Krithik Duraisamy, Charles Fritz, Josh Paul

3rd Place: Reiden Chea, Jacob Knight, Tiia Freeman, Andrew Steck

Junior Solar Sprint:

1st Place: Trevor Doan, Nolan Degarlis, Josh Paul, Andrew Steck

2nd Place: Themba Kimani, Reece Newhouse, Charles Fritz, Alec Matulka

3rd Place: Tiia Freeman, Jacob Knight, Reiden Chea, Krithik Duraismy

4th Place: Aidan Cullen, Meghan Park, Ariba Janoo, Lukas Malins

5th Place: Aidan Alderson, Cole Johnston, Donald Strohl, Matthew VanCampen

Leadership Strategies:

1st Place: Aidan Alderson, Cole Johnston, Meghan Park

5th Place: Joanne Yi, Angelina Tang, Reece Newhouse

Structural Engineering:

3rd Place: Themba Kimani, Alec Matulka

4th Place: Joanne Yi, Krithik Duraismy

5th Place: Charles Frtiz, Trevor Doan

 Photo #2: BTMS students show off the hardware they won during engineering, technology and leadership competitions held at the 2015 state conference.

Brier Terrace Middle School students show off the hardware they won during engineering, technology and leadership competitions at the 2015 state conference.

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