Technology Student Association State Contest participants enjoyed the experience of learning how to be a leader both now and in the future.

Waxahachie High and Global students from the Technology Students Association represented the district at the contest held April 25-27 in Fort Worth.

TSA, Technology Student Association, serves students enrolled in CTE courses aligned with these six career clusters: Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communication; Architecture and Construction; Business, Management and Administration; Information Technology; Manufacturing; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Participants enjoy the experience of applying classroom and laboratory lessons in hands-on activities or competitive events.

This year’s theme was “Model the Way.” The keynote speaker was Center for Technology and Workforce Solutions President David Hyman.

He spoke about the top “Foundation Skills” that are requested by the 28 million job postings online. Those skills consisted of reading, writing, shaking hands, eye contact, problem-solving, time management and office suite products. This message drove home the fact that Waxahachie is on track with the skills being taught to our students.

Waxahachie High School had six students who will advance to the National Qualifying Events in Washington, D.C.

Seventeen students from WHS attended the state competition • five seniors, seven juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen. Global had nine students compete at the state contest. This year the students who advanced to the national conference were part of a collaboration between the STEM and arts/audio/visual production departments.

WHS Advancing to National Competition:

• Second place - SciVis (scientific and technical visualization)

• Colton Lee

• Nicole Holmberg

• Leslie Martinez

• Liam Hill

• Third place - Structural engineering and design

• Dhurval Rangrej

• Brandon Rodriguez

• Fifth place - Computer integrated manufacturing

• Colton Lee

• Nicole Holmberg

Students also represented WHS TSA in National Qualifying events:

• Seventh place - Future technology teacher - Nicole Holmberg

• Seventh place - Engineering design - Brandon Rodriguez, Chris Espinosa and Andrew Mestyanak

• On-Demand Video - WHS team of Adam Sigala, Jaden Patterson, Marc Ruan, Isaac Olivera, Zac Boehler and Daniel Skelton

• Technology problem-solving - Aaron Rodriguez and William Leonhardt WHS

TSA students who competed at the top level for these Unique-to-Texas events:

• First place - 2D Animation with sound-30 seconds - Alesha Murphy-Atkins

• First place - 3D Animation Time Lapse - Leslie Martinez

• First place - Animation - Caroline Cross

• First place - Safety Poster - Kadin Vire

• Second place - Written Report Biotechnology - Nicole Holmberg

• Third place - Safety Poster - Dhurval Rangrej

• Graphic Solutions-Engineering and Design - William Leonhardt

Global students competed in the following events:

• Chapter Team – Nicholas Asirvadam, Steven Cloud, Edwin Garcia, Elizabeth Kacerek, Evan Taylor, Dakotah Underhill

• Forensic Science – Elizabeth Kacerek, Carson Wright

• Music Production - Evan Taylor, Zoe Reown

• Photographic Technology – Yolanda Thomas

• Prepared Presentation – Yolanda Thomas

• Technology Bowl - Nicholas Asirvadam, Steven Cloud, Carson Wright

The $1,000 Career and Technical Association of Texas Scholarship was awarded to WHS senior, Mellina Zavala.

"WHS junior, Colton Lee, ran an excellent campaign for state treasurer but was defeated by a slim margin," the WISD press release states. "While this is the state’s loss, it is a local gain as it frees up more time for Colton to serve our local chapter."

WHS will also have an incoming freshman, Kadin Vire, representing on the Texas TSA Statewide Leadership team. Kadin Vire is a current student at Finley Junior High.

Students who qualified for TSA National Contest will travel to Washington, D.C. on June 28-July 2 to test their skills against competitors from across the U.S., Turkey and Germany.

For more information about WHS TSA events, contact Shyla Vire-, Khadejah Mekkiah - Jim Parker - at 972.923.4614. For more Information on Global High TSA events, contact Michael Warren-