The Colonial Technology Student Association (TSA) came home from a recent national competition with a number of awards for which they can be proud.

The National TSA Conference was held in Dallas, Texas, from June 26-30, and 33 Colonial School District students qualified to attend based on their performances in the state competition that was held in April. Though not every student was able to travel to Texas, the students who did go came back with some impressive finishes after competing against students from across the country. 

TSA members participated in various competitive events that required them to use their science, engineering, math, and leadership and collaboration skills. Depending on the category, students might have to design and build a device, solve a challenge, present on a topic, produce a video, or develop a game or story.

Colonial Middle School students placed in the top 10 for the following categories:

  • Medical Technology (3rd place): Maya Bava, Viva Shah, Diya Mundhra, and Narayani Sakthinathan

  • Essays on Technology (6th place): Maya Bava

  • Technical Design (7th place): Hunter DiScala and Narayani Sakthinathan

  • Data Science and Analytics (10th place): Aiden Rudolph, Hunter DiScala, and Bryleigh Rickert

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School students won 6th place in the category of On Demand Video. Their team included Zane Al-Saleem, Caitlin Dougherty, Kate Edwards, Ferra Liu, Austin Rickert, and Kaidan Rickert.

“This Nationals trip has really embodied what ColonialTSA is all about, and that is: never giving up,” said adviser Clint Rickert. “Even with a canceled flight only hours before departure, the kids were not deterred and kept working hard, which almost always pays dividends. Mrs. Rickert and I are always proud of how resilient the ColonialTSA kids are in the face of adversity. They have learned to assess the situation, gather the available resources, work the problem, and never stop."