By Mary Waggoner, Everett Public Schools Director of Communications.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) elects two national officers from Washington State, both from Jackson High School.
Twenty students from the Henry M. Jackson High School Technology Student Association (TSA) and their advisors returned from the 35th Annual TSA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida on July 3 bearing significant honors.
“We had many great accomplishments that have reached far beyond our past successes,” said Rick Wigre, TSA Advisor and recipient of the 2012-13 Advisor of the Year Award for Washington State.
“For the first time in its history, the National TSA elected two national officers from Washington State. Both of them are from Jackson High School. Sai Nimmagadda was elected Treasurer and SriNimmagadda was elected Vice President.”
Other students who earned recognition at the national level were:
- 2nd Place in Debating Technological Issues: Sri Nimmagadda and Sai Nimmagadda.
- 3rd Place in Extemporaneous Speech: Sri Nimmagadda.
- 5th Place in Essays on Technology: Everett Wang.
- 7th Place in Music Production: Sabrina Smith and Peter Hauge.
- 10th Place in Prepared Presentations: Viante Dile-Basnight.
The following students earned TSA leadership awards:
- Gold Leadership Award: Everett Wang and Sri Nimmagadda.
- Leadership Recognition Award: Brandon Mar.
- TSA Technology Honor Society: Sri Nimmagadda.
In addition to these individual awards, Jackson High School TSA was awarded the 2012-13 TSA Chapter Excellence Award for Washington State.
More than 5,500 people attended the 2013 national conference, held from June 28 to July 2 in Orlando, Florida. Middle and high school student members competed in more than 60 events based on principles and concepts learned through STEM projects during the school year.
“It was a long, exciting and very intense week of campaigning, competition and learning. We took twenty students to Orlando and they all worked outstandingly well,” added Wigre.