80 STISD Students Qualify for TSA State Competition

80 STISD Students Qualify for TSA State Competition

Story contributed by Science Academy students Hannah Jin and Mikayla Kester

On March 19 and 26, the preliminary, semifinal, and final rounds of the regional level competitions of the Technology Student Association (TSA) took place. From these competitions, 80 high school students from South Texas Independent School District (STISD) qualified for the state competition taking place April 21-23 in Fort Worth, Texas.

From South Texas ISD Science Academy (Science Academy) in Mercedes, 21 teams and 6 individual competitors will be advancing, totaling 59 representatives.

From South Texas ISD Health Professions (Health Professions) in Mercedes, 4 teams and 1 individual competitor will be advancing, totaling 17 representatives.

Among these students is Simon Sy, a Science Academy junior. He is currently serving as the vice president of the Science Academy chapter for TSA. This year, he competed in the TSA events “Future Technology Teacher” and “Data Science and Analytics.” As a student who has participated in TSA for around four years, competing in these types of events has given him a better grasp on several computer programming languages, engineering design software, and data visualization environments. Sy’s experiences working both solo and in teams for his projects have trained him to quickly and effectively research and apply information. He aims to continue to compete in TSA at an advanced level, as well as pursue high positions in the organization’s student officers. Sy states that TSA “has transformed not just who [I am] he is as a student in STEM, but as a leader in life.”

Team events include: Architectural Design, Biotechnology Design, Board Game Design, Children’s Stories CIM, Data Science and Analytics, Digital Video Production, Engineering Design, Fashion Design and Technology, Forensic Science, Music Production, On-Demand Video, Scientific and Technical Visualization, Software Design, Structural Design, Technology Bowl, Technology Problem Solving, Video Game Design, Webmaster, and Vex Robotics.

Individual events include: CAD Engineering, Essays on Technology, Extemporaneous Speech, Future Technology and Engineering Teacher, Music Production, and Prepared Presentation.

As these students advance to the state (and even national) level, TSA provides STISD students with the opportunity to develop, improve, and use their skills to compete among other high school students.