The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 18, 2013

Mustang’s Hard Work on Display at TSA Conference


The Daily Item

— MIDDLEBURG — For the first time in school history, Midd-West High School sent a contingent of students to compete in the Technology Student Association Region 7 Conference. Students left early on the morning of February 2 to venture to Jersey Shore High School. While there, the nine team members represented the Mustangs well.

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in technology. Open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 180,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states. TSA is supported by educators, parents, and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities, and much more. The diversity of activities makes TSA a positive experience for every student.

The awards started with a first place in Architectural Renovation by Drew Kreamer. The challenge was to redesign an existing home from foundation to truss layout. Drew also placed first with his teammate Travis Smith in Technology Problem Solving. The competition asked each team to design a catapult, with competition-supplied materials, in a limited timeframe. Drew and Travis received a near-perfect score on the accuracy of their catapult. Adam Winey placed first with his Materials Processing longbow, and Travis Smith placed third in the same event with his armoire entry. Requirements were that entries were manufactured during the current school year and had a complete record of the manufacturing process. Adding to the success of the day were Elijah Fisher and Drew Kreamer placing fourth and fifth in 3D CAD. Adam Winey and Austin Landis also placed fourth and fifth in 2D CAD.

The largest field of the day was found in the Technology Bowl, where Austin Landis landed in the top 25. The Technology Bowl asked each student to take a test containing questions from, “What does the word inertia mean?” to “What is Captain James T. Kirk’s middle name?”

The competition was rounded out in the highly competitive CO2 Dragster Design. Team members Colton Keister, Dakota Kelley, Hunter Jordan, Matt Ulrich, and Trevor Leitzel all placed in the top 20.

With their first-place finishes, Drew Kreamer and Adam Winey will be representing Midd-West at the state competition to be held at Seven Springs Resort in April.