Four TSA members move forward to regional event

The TSA members gather together for a group photo

courtesy of TSA

The TSA members gather together for a group photo

Lillian Miller

Members of the Technology Student Association (TSA) competed Feb. 4 in the Region eight TSA Leadership conference and competition at Penns Valley Jr/Sr High School. Students competed in STEM related events. Four members of TSA will move forward to the 39th Annual Pennsylvania Technology Student Association Leadership Conference and Competition at Seven Springs Resort and Conference Center  in Champion, PA. The competition will take place April 19 through April 22.

“The four individuals that advanced have a great deal of work and preparation before the competition. The outcome will reflect their commitment and time spent on this activity,” TSA adviser Tim Dzurko said

The  students who are moving forward in this competition are: eighth grader Sarah Graham, eighth grader Jake Hicks, seventh grader Kaylee Smith and seventh grader Rebecca Holiday.

Kaylee Smith competed in medical tech, children’s stories and challenging technology issues. She plans on continuing being a part of this club throughout her high school years.

“I plan on continuing because I enjoy creating things through the help of my teachers,” Smith said.

Sarah Graham competed in essays on technology, leadership strategy and medical technology. Graham’s favorite event that she competed in was medical technology. In this event, Graham tested fruit flies with Alzheimer’s and concussed them to see if Alzheimer’s and the fruit flies having a concussion would affect if they survived.


Graham does not think she will make it to nationals.

“I don’t think I will make it to nationals because there are a lot of kids in Pennsylvania. I do plan to write the best essay that I am able to write,” Graham said.

TSA is a competitive club that allows students to grow in leadership qualities and allows them to compete against students in a variety of events.

This team has been competing since 2002. TSA has had multiple national winners. Grades seventh through ninth can join this club and continue to be apart of this club in high school.

 Advisors of this club are Rachel Manack and Tim Dzurko

Photo courtesy of TSA
The TSA members gather together for a group photo.