Edmond Santa Fe students compete at conference
EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe High School's Technology Student Association members recently attended a mini-conference in Newkirk.
This one-day conference provided students with an opportunity to compete in 38 events. More than 100 middle school and high school students from 15 schools from across the state gathered to participate in the skill competitions.
Students qualify to compete at the state level by placing in one of the top three positions in at least one event at a mini-conference.
Following are the events for which Santa Fe team members took home trophies and qualified for state:
• Emiliano Perez — first place in biotechnology design.
• Eli Hellstern and Adam Tran — first place in children's stories.
• Ishan Bhanot and Naveen Thavathiru — first place, debating technological issues.
• Boris Ganchev and Sunny Jones — second place, debating technological issues.
• Ishan Bhanot, Yumin Song and Naveen Thavathiru — first place, digital video production.
• Yumin Song — first place, essays on technology.
• Ishan Bhanot — second place, essays on technology.
• Ishan Bhanot — third place, extemporaneous speech.
• Bradlee Harrison and Ben Kappen — first place, music production.
• Christian Echols — second place, music production.
• Boris Ganchev — second place, photographic technology.
• Boris Ganchev and Sunny Jones — second place, technology problem solving.
• Emiliano Perez and Adam Tran — third place, technology problem solving.
• Breonna Fisher and Milena Semere — fourth place, technology problem solving.
The Technology Student Association is the national organization for technology education students with more than 150,000 members in 2,500 chapters in 48 states. There are 243 chapters throughout Oklahoma.
Students develop technological leadership and personal growth through participation in challenging competitions that cover problem-solving, decision-making and critical thinking skills.
Preparing young Oklahomans to cope with technological changes is a goal of the Edmond Santa Fe High School Technology Student Association.
Susan James is a computer science teacher and Technology Student Association adviser at Santa Fe High School.