Milton Hershey School Students Achieve Success at Regional Technology Competition
For more than 15 years, Milton Hershey School Middle Division students have participated in the Technology Student Association’s (TSA) yearly competition. This year, 14 students represented MHS at the regional competition in January—with 11 individual students and teams placing in the top three for their respective events. The students’ events included digital photography, forensic technology, prepared speech, video game design, and more.
“In TSA I enjoy the variety of opportunities we get. I like the creativity, freedom, and exploration of each of the projects we get to experience and create. The projects are in depth, challenging, and have parts that are both foreign and familiar to me,” shared Alexis Phan, MHS eighth-grader.
TSA—first known as the American Industrial Arts Student Association—was originally started by a group of industrial arts teachers who wanted to recognize and honor the accomplishments of their students. The organization and its yearly competitions strive to promote technology education, while growing students’ knowledge and helping them develop the necessary soft skills to succeed outside of the classroom, such as respect, motivation, leadership, and more.
“TSA is a great extension of our middle school Career and Technical Education program classes,” shared Scott Cordner, MHS Technology Education Teacher and TSA Advisor. “It allows students to explore their varying interests in technology and build the additional skills they will need (teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, etc.) to become successful in high school and beyond.”
The 11 students who placed in the top three for their events will be taking part in the state TSA competition in April.