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LMHS TSA Shines at National Conference
LMHS TSA Shines at National Conference

Following strong performances at the Regional and State competitions, the Lower Merion High School Technology Student Association (LM-TSA) chapter wrapped up a stellar season at the 2021 National TSA Conference as the Aces finished with nine total event placements, including four top-three finishes and a pair of event championships. Among the variety of events LM-TSA members competed in, recognition was awarded to those participating in Architectural Design, Geospatial Technology, Engineering Design, Biotechnology Design, Scientific Visualization, Children's Stories, Tech Bowl, IT Fundamentals and Video Game Design.

Despite the hurdles presented by a virtual competition, the LMHS contingent persevered through the challenges and recorded one of the best performances on the national stage in school history. Chapter officer Katie Fang noted that, "There were often difficulties presented in being able to easily communicate with our teams and the chapter, and a lot of us did not know one another well due to the virtual environment, but we ultimately were able to overcome these setbacks and work together to put ourselves on the National map."

The National Conference also marked the departure of an amazing class of seniors who greatly contributed to LM-TSA's rise on the national stage over the past few years, including senior Elliot Ginzburg, who served as Lower Merion's first Pennsylvania TSA President and whose stalwart leadership helped guide the chapter through challenging times. To commemorate his initiative during his four years in LM-TSA, Ginzburg was presented with the Dan Zollman Leadership Award, an honor bestowed upon exceptional STEM pioneers. The senior class will be dearly missed when LM-TSA returns next fall for the next chapter of its journey.

Architectural DesignPhillip Gao, Anwen Underwood, Claire Wang, Emmi Wu, Maya Taylor, Rachel Zhang1st
Geospatial TechnologyAnwen Underwood, Claire Wang, Maya Taylor1st
Biotechnology DesignElliot Ginzburg, Maxwell Serota, Eric Yang, Annika Naveen, Ethan Murray, Dhaval Sharma2nd
IT FundamentalsMona Vakil, Matthew Eichen3rd
Technology BowlMona Vakil, Matthew Eichen, Nathan Donagi4th
Children's StoriesAbigail Chang, Jessica Zhong, Ellen Tomlinson6th
Engineering DesignElliot Ginzburg, Jack Shapiro, Phillip Gao, Dhaval Sharma, Krzysztof Jarocha, Jon Xu7th
Video Game DesignKatie Fang, Daniel Vossough, Oliver Nickerson, Asher Rosenfeld, Ansel Nathanson, Nathan Donagi7th
Scientific VisualizationMaya Taylor, Dhaval Sharma, Phillip Gao, Katie Fang, Claire Wang, Emmi Wu10th

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