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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • LHS students earn honors in state competitions

  • Several Leavenworth High School students took first-place honors during the recent Technology Student Association state conference, and the school finished in second-place overall.
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    • Students show off skills

      Leavenworth High School students recently competed in events at the state conferences for the Technology Student Association and SkillsUSA.


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      Students show off skills

      Leavenworth High School students recently competed in events at the state conferences for the Technology Student Association and SkillsUSA.



      TSA events include engineering and leadership activities.



      SkillsUSA is a career and technical program with competitions in categories such as drafting and culinary arts.

  • Several Leavenworth High School students took first-place honors during the recent Technology Student Association state conference, and the school finished in second-place overall.
    An LHS team also took first-place in a competition at the recent state SkillsUSA conference, teacher Ruth Striggow said.
    Striggow serves as an adviser to the TSA program at the high school and also teaches some of the students who competed at the SkillsUSA conference.
    With their first-place finishes, Leavenworth students have earned the chance to compete at the national level in TSA and SkillsUSA events this summer.
    Striggow said TSA events include engineering and leadership competitions.
    Leavenworth students took first place in six events at the state conference, which was earlier this month in Salina.
    For many of the competitions, students had completed work, such as building models, ahead of the conference.
    Seniors Aimee Hanson and Evelyn Schwartz took the top prize in an architectural renovation competition.
    For this competition, the students were provided a floor plan and told they needed to make certain changes. They created new floor plans and a model.
    "This will be Aimee's fourth year going to nationals," Striggow said.
    Hanson has qualified for nationals in this event each year of her high school career.
    Schwartz also took first place in a two-dimensional computer aided design architectural competition.
    Brothers Marc and Zach Terry took first place in a computer numerical control product competition. Marc is freshman. Zach is a junior.
    For this event, the team created what Striggow described as a "mouse trap car." A mouse trap is incorporated into the design of the small vehicle. The car is powered by releasing the spring of the mouse trap.
    Junior Maisie Conrad took first place in an essays on technology competition.
    Junior Alex Karrasch finished in first place in a technical sketching and application event.
    "We swept technical sketching," Striggow said.
    She said Leavenworth students took the first-, second- and third-place spots in the competition. Leavenworth students also had a sweep in the computer numerical control product category.
    A team of of junior Jacob Adams, senior Jeremy Cole, junior Mark Diersen and Marc Terry finished first in a problem challenge activity.
    But, this is not a national qualifying event.
    Of the 12 Leavenworth High School students who went to state TSA conference, 11 finished in the top three of at least one event, Striggow said.
    Striggow also was honored at the state conference. She was surprised with a plaque for being the TSA Adviser of the Year.
    The national TSA conference is scheduled for June 28-July 2 in Washington, D.C.
    Page 2 of 2 - Striggow described SkillsUSA as a career and technical program with competitions in categories such as carpentry, drafting and video production.
    The state SkillsUSA conference was last week in Wichita.
    Two Leavenworth High School students, sophomore Robert Mark and junior Nicholas Hetherington, took first place in a television and video production competition.
    Striggow said the team had to create a one-minute promotional video for SkillsUSA while at the conference.
    The team earned the chance to compete at the SkillsUSA national conference, which is scheduled for June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo.
    Leavenworth High School students also took third place in four events at the state SkillsUSA conference.
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