Four students place second at technology conference
Four Blaine high school technology students brought home a second place trophy from the 25th National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, Florida. The four seniors, part of the Generation BHS news team, wrote, shot, and edited a five minute video to enter in the film technology competition.
Their entry, titled �Under God,� examined the controversy currently before the courts surrounding the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance in schools. Team leader Neal Teutsch, who anchored the video, was also a finalist in extemporaneous presentation. Other team members included Dustin Sortor, Justin James, and Casey Craig. Ferndale sophomore Brad Nelson competed in other events as a Blaine student, since Ferndale high school does not have a TSA chapter.
It was the second time in three years that Blaine students have trophied at the national conference. In 2001, in Richmond, VA, BHS took second in promotional communications. Last year, in Denver, CO, they placed in the top 10 in three events.
Ten Washington schools were represented by 44 students at the five day conference, keynoted by NASA engineer Jack Bacon. A bus trip on the night of June 28 took them to Jetty Park outside of the Kennedy Space Center, where they mingled with Bill Nye and NASA scientists, awaiting the expected launch of the MER 2 Mars Rover. The launch was scrubbed two minutes before liftoff.
The highest finish by another Washington school was fifth, by Pasco High School in computer systems troubleshooting.
TSA serves more than 160,000 K-12 students in 2,000 schools in 47 states nationwide. The majority of the TSA membership consists of middle and high school students. For more info on TSA, go to www.tsaweb.org/about/