A recent Leavenworth High School graduate finished second in the nation in a Technology Student Association competition.

A recent Leavenworth High School graduate finished second in the nation in a Technology Student Association competition.

Morgan Lester, who graduated in May, was one of five students to represent Leavenworth High School during the National TSA Conference, which took place June 21-25 in Orlando, Florida.

Lester walked away from the event with a second-place trophy for a computer-aided design architecture competition.

Lester experienced technical issues with the program he was using for the competition and initially believed he did not do very well.

“It was surreal for me because I thought I screwed up and I was missing very much,” Lester said in a news release. “Apparently, that wasn’t the case.”

Lester received a third-place honor in an architecture competition during the 2016 national conference.

He was the only high school student from Kansas to finish in the top three of an event at this year's national conference, said Ruth Striggow, a Leavenworth High School teacher and TSA adviser.

Other Leavenworth High School students who competed in events during last month's national conference were Jonathan Bradley, Garrett Westbrook, Deidre Chaar and Ashley Dunivan.

Striggow said she was proud of the performances of all of the students who were representing Leavenworth High School.

“I thought they did a fabulous job,” she said.

Dunivan, who will be starting her senior year in the fall, received two awards during the conference. One award was for outstanding leadership and accomplishment. The other was for academics, Striggow said.

Dunivan served as the TSA vice president for the state of Kansas during the 2016-2017 school year. And she will be serving as the state president during the upcoming school year.

Lester served as the state secretary during the 2016-2017 school year. Chaar, who also graduated in May, served in the state officer position of reporter during the last school year. And another Leavenworth High School student, Tanner Hendrix, served as the state sergeant at arms during the 2016-2017 school year.

Also last month, Dunivan and Hendrix competed in events at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Neither student placed in the top 10 of an event. But both students will be returning next year. Striggow said students with experience competing at the national level tend to do better when they return to a national conference.

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