Hillsboro TSA wraps up regular season

HILLSBORO—The Hillsboro TSA season has come to an end, after a year stymied by COVID-19. “The season went well, all things considered,” TSA instructor Creigh Bell said.

Bell said the season posed new challenges from start to finish.

“This year, I am most proud of my TSAers for persevering and succeeding regardless of the pandemic,” he said.

With competitions like robotics and dragsters cancelled and others moved online, like On Demand Video, Bell said, “We greatly anticipate a regular season next year.”

Bell added, this year “all participants did a fantastic job,” and some students continued “to go the extra mile.”

Bell said working around the pandemic meant the Hillsboro chapter’s historically strongest events were waylaid.

“We did not know until about the end of the first semester that there would not be any Dragster Design, Flight Endurance, System Control Technology, Structural Design Engineering or VEX Robotics, so students who had been developing solutions and entries ‘got benched,’” he said.

This season, Bell said while the competitions were virtual and events were cancelled, “the highlight of this year’s TSA season was completing event entries and actually competing amidst the pandemic. We did not get to compete last year.”

Students who placed in the top three in the state or in the top two of local qualifiers will be eligible to compete at the national level.

Students will prepare for a virtual national competition in June. The rest of the program will get a breather before starting up again, developing more creative entries, problem solving and applying technical skills in September.

Below are the results from the last meet:

First Place – On Demand Video: Kyla Isaac, Callie Berhardt, Paul Glanzer, Austin Rempel,

Charlie Major and Noah Bartel

First Place – Fashion Design Technology: Kyla Isaac, Olivia Slater and Callie Bernhardt

First Place – Digital Video Production: Charlie Major and Paul Glanzer

First Place – Prepared Presentation: Olivia Slater

First Place – CAD 3D Engineering: David Schafer

Second Place – CAD 3D Engineering: Zachary Denholm