MUKILTEO, Wash., June 22, 2023—Kamiak High School’s Technology Student Association (TSA) recognized at the organization’s State Conference that was held from March 22-24, at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in SeaTac.
“Many members have participated in TSA state competitions annually,” shared Mary Kim, president of the Club. “An example of excellent work is the Audio podcasting team who took 2nd place in [Washington] State and made it to nationals. Other participants took 6th place in Extemporaneous Speech, and 7th place in Biotechnology.”
TSA is a non-profit national student organization of 200,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states whose goal is to prepare youth for careers in a technology-driven economy and culture, according to its website.
Students Leo, Devin, Zack, Danisa, Lina, and Mary spent months preparing for Audio Podcasting, a new competitive event added to TSA just this year. The theme was reviewing a product used daily by high schoolers.
“[Our] whole project was an audio podcast on the Ti84 +ce calculator. We basically just talked about all the features of it as well as had cover art,” said Leo Barton, a member of the team. “The best part of both competing and making it was just hanging out with everyone during the process,”
Nationals is set to happen from June 28- July 2 in Louisville, Kentucky, but the team has opted out of attending.
“TSA club provides a fun, comfortable yet competitive and challenging environment for members to develop critical skills in areas such as team-building, researching, [competing], and deeply engaging in various STEM topics through competitions and weekly challenges,” Kim states. “With active participation, anybody could draw much potential of learning and self-development from TSA.”
The Kamiak TSA chapter takes the study of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) beyond the classroom and give students the chance to pursue academic challenges among friends with similar goals and interests.