The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • LHS grad, teacher honored during tech conference

  • Although she graduated in May, Aimee Hanson represented Leavenworth High School this summer at a national Technology Student Association conference.
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  • Although she graduated in May, Aimee Hanson represented Leavenworth High School this summer at a national Technology Student Association conference.
    And, she returned home having finished fourth in the nation in a TSA architectural drafting competition.
    "I feel pretty good about it," she said.
    Hanson was one of seven LHS students who competed in events at the national TSA conference, which took place from June 27-July 1 in Washington, D.C.
    "These students had qualified at the state competition to go to nationals," said Ruth Striggow, TSA adviser at LHS.
    The other students who represented Leavenworth were Zach Terry, Marc Terry, Alex Samouce, Alex Karrasch, Masie Conrad and Evelyn Schwartz.
    Hanson was the only Leavenworth student to place in the top 10 of an event at the conference.
    Hanson is no stranger to being a national finalist in TSA competitions.
    She qualified to compete at the annual national conference all four years she attended LHS. She placed in the top five of an event each year.
    Last year, she finished in third place in the architectural drafting competition.
    She said the competition at this summer's conference was more difficult than previous years.
    Striggow said there also were more people competing in the event this year than last year.
    In fact, this year's national TSA conference was said to be the largest in the organization's history.
    For the architectural drafting competition, Hanson was presented sketches of floor plans. She had to recreate the plans in an architectural program and make specified changes. She also worked with three-dimensional animation.
    During the national conference, Hanson also competed in transportation modeling, prepared presentation, technology problem solving and architectural renovation events.
    She partnered with Schwartz for the architectural renovation competition.
    Hanson said she became involved in TSA at LHS after a friend joined the club.
    "So I decided I would join, too," she said.
    Hanson said she has enjoyed competing in TSA events.
    "You meet a lot fun people," she said.
    She said TSA "teaches you to think like an engineer," and it has helped improve her public speaking and leadership skills.
    Hanson said she plans to attend the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota this fall. She wants to major in classical humanities and minor in music.
    Also during the national conference, Striggow was recognized as TSA Adviser of the Year from Kansas.
    She initially received the honor during a state conference earlier this year. But, she was presented another plaque during the national conference.
    "It's a great honor to have," she said.
    Striggow credits her students as the reason she received the honor.
    Page 2 of 2 - Striggow said LHS students have qualified to compete at the national TSA conference for at least 10 years in a row, and students have finished in the top 10 every year.
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