Members of <a href=”http://www.intechchs.org/”>InTech Collegiate High School’s</a> Technology Student Association (TSA) made an impressive showing at the Utah TSA State Conference, which took place March 14-15, at the Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville. Eight of the school’s projects placed in the top three of their respective categories, with four of the honors being first place awards. Students involved with those four projects will advance to the TSA National Conference, being held June 20-25, in Orlando, Florida.
“I could not be more proud of my students and the quality of work that they exhibit,” said Julie Lamarra, InTech TSA adviser, in a news release from the school’s administration. “We are all so excited to compete at the National level in Orlando, Florida this June.”
The mission of <a href=”http://www.tsaweb.org/”>TSA</a> is to enhance personal development, leadership and career opportunities for students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The organization helps its members “apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitive events and related programs.”
Many of its competition categories require students to address specific themes or problems, submitting original project designs. For example, in the “Children’s Stories” category, where Ami Iverson and Lexi Echols took first place, students created a hard-bound pop-up book, with pop-ups illustrating the story.
In the “Fashion Design and Technology” category, which InTech swept for the third straight year, students were required to design and create three different garment prototypes using recycled materials. The project focused on the importance of sustainability given diminishing supplies of new materials from which to develop fabrics. InTech’s winners in this category were:
<ul><li>1<sup>st</sup> Place: Nana Boeteng, Chloe Olsen, Jessica Wyllie, Zaya Nunez</li><li>2<sup>nd</sup> Place: Sydney Swan, Zoe Howes, Lexi Echols, Adriane Dudley</li><li>3<sup>rd</sup> Place: Mary Mcbride, Abby Mcbride, Clara Kimber, Amelia Kimber</li></ul>
“My students work so hard to create original work and compete in TSA,” said Lamarra. “Starting their projects in August, they exemplify dedication and determination, spending countless hours outside of school to really make their projects shine.”
Other InTech projects winning awards at the 2017 Utah TSA Conference included:
<ul><li>1<sup>st</sup> Place in Coding: Carter Bogdan, Jacob McInnes and Adriane Dudley</li><li>1<sup>st</sup> Place in VEX Robotics: Olivia Lam, Ben Hunneman, Thayne Williams, Jacob McInnes, Jacob Bills and Michael Keyser</li><li>2<sup>nd</sup> Place in Music Production: Kathryn Maynard, Alex Montoya and Krystal Snider</li><li>3<sup>rd</sup> Place in Photographic Technology: Zaya Nunez</li></ul>
A description of the projects’ themes and problems by category is available at <a href=”http://www.tsaweb.org/Themes-and-Problems”>www.tsaweb.org/Themes-and-Problems</a>, with more in-depth explanations found at <a href=”http://www.tsaweb.org/High-School-Competitions”>www.tsaweb.org/High-School-Competitions</a>.
InTech Collegiate High School is one of six public “Early College” high schools in Utah and partners with Utah State University to expand STEM education and career development. The school is one of only for Utah high schools to receive four consecutive “A” grades, also receiving honors from the Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report. The school’s principal is Jason Stanger.