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Longview students compete for tech honors

By Richard Yeakley
June 19, 2012 at 11 p.m.

Longview High School students will compete for national honors at the Technology Student Association National Contest this week in Nashville, Tenn.

The extracurricular team will send its 10 best students in an attempt to continue its annually strong performance in the contest's technology and engineering centered challenges.

"For the last five or six years we have had winners at nationals," said Charles Mosley, the team sponsor and an engineering teacher at Longview High School.

The Technology Student Association provides opportunities for competition among its more than 150,000 middle and high school students who have an interest in technology.

The association's annual 4-day convention, which will be held this year beginning Friday, consists of 35 unique competitions for team or individuals.

Longview's team hopes to continue its success from the association's state competition where it won first place in four events, said Andrew O'Connor, the team's captain and outgoing vice president for the state Technology Student Association.

The team has previously won in a technology trivia game and an engineering programming competition. The team has focused this year on several new competitions, O'Connor said.

"I think we have pretty good odds' [at winning]. We have put in countless hours," O'Connor said. "This year we have a really strong video and video game design," he said.

Longview High School's team of more than 25 members has fallen in love with technology, Mosley said.

"Those students that do get involved really get involved," Mosley said. "Those that are really good students, and they don't have to be the number one in their class, but if they like to learn, those are the students that love Technology Student Association."

The team has come together and is looking forward to continue its success, said O'Connor, who is also running for an officer position in the national Technology Student Association.

"There is definitely a team spirit. Team events make us come together," O'Connor said. "We are extremely grateful that Mr. Mosley has helped, and that the administration of LISD has supported us."



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