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Monday, March 28, 2011

Seven from Ben Barber Qualify for TSA State Contest

Midlothian, TX - Students from the Ben Barber chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) competed at the TSA Regional Contest on March 24 and 25. Students competed in projects such as Webmastering, Biotechnology, Technical Sketching, Engineering, Video Game Design, and many more.

Although Ben Barber TSA has been housed in many buildings over the years, it has always had the same purpose: To give all Mansfield ISD high school students the experiences and friendships that TSA has to offer.

Present at the TSA Regional Contest were two Texas TSA State Officers, Travis Welborn (State Reporter) and Justin Ehlert (State Secretary). Travis attends Mansfield High School and Justin Timberview High School, both in MISD. Travis and Justin work with the other state officers to prepare the annual leadership conference, update the state delegation through newsletters, and represented Texas at the national conference in Baltimore, Maryland this past summer.

Ben Barber TSA has had a rising number of students attend conferences each year, as well as competing at the national TSA conferences in Nashville, Tennessee, Orlando, Florida, Denver, Colorado, and Baltimore, Maryland. Ready to continue competing, members will be attending the Texas TSA State Contest at the Waco Convention Center in Waco, Texas May 5-7, 2011.

The following National Qualifying Events advanced to compete at the Texas TSA State Contest:
  • 1st Biotechnology Design – Travis Welborn, Lynn Nguyen
  • 1st Scientific Visualization (SciVis) – Travis Welborn, Justin Ehlert
  • 1st Video Game Design – Justin Ehlert, Travis Welborn
  • 2nd Desktop Publishing – Lynn Nguyen
  • 2nd Prepared Presentation – Clancy Taylor
  • 2nd Webmastering – Travis Welborn, Lynn Nguyen
  • 3rd Engineering Design – Ryan Thompson, Christian Negratti
  • 3rd Technical Sketching – Ryan Thompson
  • State Qualifier – Ross Kelly
  • State Qualifier – Ryan Thompson

Advisor Shyla Vire, who teaches Flash Based Game Design at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy and Concepts of Engineering at Mansfield High School, leads Ben Barber TSA. If you would like more information about TSA is, you can contact Mrs. Vire via email or visit the Ben Barber TSA website.