Southeast High’s Technology Student Association (TSA) team made history when it captured a record breaking 15 First Place trophies at the TSA State Conference in Orlando April 27 – May 1. Primarily sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, the 21-member team won 15 First Place, 5 Second Place, and 4 Third Place awards.
Southeast’s TSA team entered 32 out of 34 high school competitions offered at the Annual TSA State Conference and finished in the Top 3 in 24 of these events. Senior Pavel Komarov clinched five First Place and two Second Place honors and led the architectural team to victory with a model of a “green” museum that incorporated solar and wind power exhibits that actually provided energy to the building. The design also featured a slated glass roof that radiated light throughout the atrium and also collected rainwater to sustain the building. Komarov also received a top score in Manufacturing Prototype, Technological Bowl (written), Technological Bowl (team), and Problem Solving. After graduating from Southeast High School, Komarov is planning on attending Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall. At the conference, Senior Brandon Miranda received the Distinguished Student Award and the Ralph V. Steeb Scholarship for his outstanding TSA achievements over the past seven years.
Other notable projects that garnered attention included a life-size robot inspired by celebrity chef Paula Dean. Led by team leaders Tyler Waid and Dimitri Nikitopoulos, the robot provided a step-by-step cooking lesson for an old-fashioned apple pie. Aptly named Annie “Ma” Tronix and created with Vex Robotics equipment, the robot included 10 motors that replicated motions like stirring, scooping, and pouring.
The Southeast TSA team will compete against the USA’s top technology students at the National TSA Conference June 28 through July 2 in Dallas, Texas. The Technology Students Association is a nation co-curricular organization active at the middle and high school levels across the USA. Its mission is to prepare students for the challenges of a dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership, and problem solving skills that result in personal growth and opportunities.
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SOUTHEAST SEMINOLES TSA STATE RESULTSSoutheast High TSA 2011 State Results By Competition
First PlaceArchitectural Model- Pavel Komarov, Calvin Kroese, Kwesi Kwapong, Tyler Martin, Scott Rattana, Yatrik SolankiBiotechnology Design- Max Staebler, Yatrik Solanki, Kevin Wong, Dimitri Nikitopoulos, Scott RattanaConstruction Renovation- Jordan Seward, Alec Waid, Ricci Allen, Courtney Converse, Landon HeitnerEssays on Technology-Coral NimzExtemporaneous Presentation-Max StaeblerManufacturing Prototype- Tyler Martin, Pavel Komarov, Kwesi Kwapong, Brandon Miranda, Scott Rattana, Yatrik Solanki Music Production-Chris Bartolome, Conner Stevens Tony Griffin, Lisa Hicks Prepared Presentation-Max StaeblerScientific Visualization- Coral Nimz, Alec Waid, Landon Heitner, Ricci Allen Structural Engineering-Calvin Kroese, Kwesi Kwapong, System Control Technology-Calvin Kroese, Kwesi Kwapong, Landon HeitnerTechnical Sketching and Application-Brandon MirandaTech Bowl-Pavel Komarov, Tyler Martin, Brandon MirandaTech Bowl (Written)-Pavel KomarovTechnology Problem Solving-Pavel Komarov, Tyler Martin
Second PlaceAnimatronics- Tyler Waid, Dimitri Nikitopoulos, Chris Bartolome, Lisa Hicks, Jordan Seward, Conner Stevens Dragster Design-Pavel KomarovEngineering Design-Pavel Komarov, Kwesi Kwapong, Tyler Martin Fashion Design- Max Staebler, Ricci Allen, Courtney Converse, Coral NimzFuture Technology Teacher-Tyler Waid
Third PlaceCareer Comparisons-Alec WaidChapter Team-Tyler Waid, Chris Bartolome, Dimitri Nikitopoulos, Jordan Seward, Conner Stevens, Alec Waid Desktop Publishing-Tony Griffin Future Technology Teacher-Dimitri Nikitopoulos
Top 10CAD Architecture 2D-Michael ShekariCAD Engineering 3D-Brandon MirandaDebate Technology-Connor Stevens, Tyler WaidFlight Endurance-Kevin WongFuture Technology Teacher-Courtney ConverseOn Demand Video-Ricci Allen, Lisa Hicks, Coral Nimz, Tyler Waid, Conner StevensPhotographic Technology-Kevin WongPromotional Graphics-Tony Griffin Tech Bowl (Written)-Tyler MartinTech Bowl (Written)-Brandon MirandaVideo Game Design-Landon Heitner, Calvin Kroese, Kwesi Kwapong, Scott Rattana, Micheal Shekari Webmaster- Yatrik Solanki, Courtney Converse, Brandon Miranda