TSA members from HHS score well at nationals

Members of the Technology Student Association chapter of Hillsboro High School placed among the top 10 in three events at the 2012 National TSA Con?ference, June 21-25, at the Gay?lord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Exact placements have not yet been announced, but TSA sponsor Creigh Bell said he knows Erich Herbel placed fourth in the Flight Endurance competition because Bell coordinated the event.

Chase Meisinger, meanwhile, went into final judging of the Dragster Design event in fourth place.

Herbel and Bret Mueller finished in the top 10 in the Problem Solving event.

?VEX Robotics honored only the tournament runners-up and tournament champions with trophies,? Bell said.

Under the format of the competition, the 85 participating teams were divided into two groups. The sub-champion of each group then met head-to-head for the championship.

Bell said the HHS team ?Robozilla,? comprised of Ben Loewen and Josh Siebert, finished qualification rounds in 12th place, with ?Chiefbot,? comprised of Bret Mueller and Erich Herbel, in 21st and ?Rambot,? comprised of Aaron Slater and Garrett Foster, in 22nd.

?Because of the ranking of 12th, team Robozilla was allowed to select an alliance partner for the finals, and they chose team Chiefbot,? Bell said. ?This alliance?s success ended in the quarter-finals.?

TSA recognizes the top 10 finalists with finalist pins. In addition, trophies are awarded to each of the top four finishers.

Bell said, ?There is no indication how someone or some team placed beyond that unless you are in Dragster Design, sponsored by Pitsco, of Pittsburg (Kan.), who posts the top 16 dragsters for both middle and high school participants on the Science-of-speed.com website?or you have an adviser who coordinates your event, such as I do for Flight Endurance.??

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