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TSA students win four awards at state

The TSA members who entered projects in the state competition. Back row (from left): Alex Marinucci, Mike Holland, Hunter Puhr, Tanner Danzey, Michael Allred, Rich Cwikla. Front row: Ali Inman, Julie Hahn, Karli Schulz, Rose McNamee, TaylorCook, Logan Volk. Not pictured: Yann Niteka, Cole Bachmeier, Nick Sikorski, Seth Nordstrom and Joe Frisinger. Daniel Determan / Pioneer

The West Fargo High School was well represented at the Technology Student Association State Competition in Mandan on March 18 and 19, even if the elements kept most students from attending.

Due to inclement weather, only five TSA members from West Fargo that left a day early with teacher Rick Cwikla were able to make it to Mandan. The rest had their bus stranded and were unable to present.

Despite this, West Fargo students still managed to earn four first-place awards and four second-place awards.

The first-place groups include:

• Hunter Puhr, Tanner Danzey and Taylor Cook, who were unable to attend, placed first in Music Production with a homemade electronica album. The win came without the team participating in the usually required interview with judges.

“The judges said there wasn’t much we could have said to bump us out of first place,” Puhr said.

• Karli Schulz earned a first-place medal in Photographic Technologies with a collection of photos with the theme of “Courage.”

• Logan Volk, who is also a TSA state officer, took first in the Prepared Presentation category.

• A team of Schulz, Volk, Allison Inman, Julie Hahn and Rose McNamee won first place in the Webmaster category, where they created and managed a website.

All first place entries are eligible to attend the national TSA Conference in Orlando, Fla., from June 28 to July 2.

“It depends on what the judges are looking for, but I’m fairly confident we’ll do well,” Puhr said.

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a student organization devoted exclusively to students with an interest in technology. They are dedicated to “fostering personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology, innovation, design, and engineering.”

“The whole purpose of TSA is not the competition, but the learning experience,” Cwikla said. “Students learn a lot from the competition. It’s not just getting a medal. It’s about what they can gain outside the classroom. All of them are learning to become problem solvers and independent thinkers. That’s huge in today’s world.”