Thirty-six members of our local Ambridge Area Chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) captured thirty-two individual and team awards at the thirty-fifth annual PA-TSA State Leadership Conference held at Seven Springs Resort April 17 – 20, 2013. A total of 1851 students from one hundred thirty schools across the Commonwealth participated.
Senior Emily Raab won a software license for Chief Architect, an integrated software program for designing residential and commercial buildings for her efforts in the Technology Sketching and Application competitive event. In her three years of competing in TSA, Emily has won over $7,000 worth of scholarship money. Through her involvement in TSA, she was awarded a Presidential Scholarship to Robert Morris University. The scholarship is valued at over $100,000.
Tyler Gaona and Emily Raab received a cash scholarship for their efforts at the Pennsylvania Technology Student Association (PA TSA)Regional Bio-Medical Research Essay Contest judged at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute. Tyler and Emily were recognized as a state finalists placing fifth and sixth respectfully overall.
A complete list of winners as per the respective divisions are as follows:
Architectural Renovation: Second Place: Emily Raab
Seventh Place: Wyatt Dishler, Christopher Ponter, Nickolas Santiago and Jordan Sweigart
Career Preparation: Eighth Place: Luke Dennis
Digital Video Production: Fifth Place: Luke Brown, Matthew Corraini, Justin Hietsch, Zachary Hietsch and Brandon Muchow
Dragster Design: First Place: Jacob Griffith
Second Place: Zachary Zern
Engineering Design: Eighth Place: Darrion Clouse, Luke Dennis, Preston Nguyen and Emily Raab
Music Production: Eighth Place: Luke Brown
Open Source Software Development: Second Place: Kevin Brenneman and Tyler Gaona
Transportation Modeling: Eighth Place: Nickolas Santiago
Tenth Place: Brett Balkovec
Video Game Design: Sixth Place: Brett Balkovec, Ryan Bolea, Christian Edwards, Justin Shuttleworth and Anthony Zolnierzak
Seventh Place: Kevin Brenneman and Tyler Gaona
PA - Bio-Medical Essay Contest: Fifth Place: Tyler Gaona
Sixth Place: Emily Raab
PA – Logo Design: First Place: Matthew Corraini
Third Place: Paige Carlini
Sixth Place: Zachary Hietsch
Ninth Place: Nicholas Martin
PA – Material Process: Tenth Place: Greg Miller
PA – Robotics: Fifth Place: Austin Hartman and Trenton Munk
Seventh Place: Kevin Brenneman and Tyler Merritt
PA – Safety Illustration – Computer: Sixth Place: Matthew Cottage
Seventh Place: Cody Brooks
Eighth Place: Benjamin Riccio
Sarah Alberts and Marissa Golgosky served as Voting Delegates, representing our local Ambridge Area Chapter at the annual business meeting and throughout the conference. They also served as Hosts for our chapter at the Awards Presentation.
Mr. Dennis DeAngelis, Mrs. Kristin Holmes and Mr. Zach Maisner served as Co-advisors for the Ambridge Area High School Chapter of TSA.
On Wednesday February 27, 2013 the MAC Conference Weight Lifting Competition took place at Blackhawk High School. There were 19 schools involved in the weight lifting competition. Each school brought two teams of 5 football players. The competition was judged by Geneva College's Football team. The 3 lifts judged were the squat, bench press and hex bar dead lift. Each competitor had 3 attempts at each lift to hit their maximum weight.
The competitors from Ambridge were:
Brett Balkovec Dan Zajac Will Shively Josh Vasko Sebastian Perez
Nick Dlubak Joey Iorfido Matt Cunningham Khalil Harvey Jake Niehenke
At the end of the competition Ambridge placed 3rd out of 19 schools! Most of the Ambridge High School weight lifting records were broken. The new records:
Total Record 1400b- Brett Balkovec (Total= squat+bench+dead lift) *Total Record 1435lb- Dan Zajac *Squat Record 530lbs- Brett Balkovec *Dead Lift Record 600lbs- Dan Zajac *Body Weight Index (BWI) 6.67- Dan Zajac (BWI= weight lifted/bodyweight)
***Congratulations to Dan Zajac for winning the best overall lifter award! At a bodyweight of 215lbs Dan lifted 1,435lbs!
Also, the overall total from the entire team from last year was well surpassed this year.
Last Year’s Total: 10,035 lbs
This Year’s Total: 10,630lbs
Congratulations to the competitors/coaches! The hard work in the offseason is already beginning to payoff.
Malik Walker, Kenell Washington, Brando Hoo, and Khalil Tookes ran a free basketball clinic Thursday, April 17th at Highland Elementary School.The boys taught about 40 district students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade some fundamentals of the game.The participants received a light snack and prizes were given.This clinic was part of their senior project. In addition Walker, Washington, Hoo, and Tookes have been fundraising throughout the year.They plan on donating the money to our elementary school's physical education and recreation department. Veronica Simunick serves as their mentor for the projects.
Senior Class T-Shirts will be sold April 8-19. Short sleeve shirts are $10 and Long sleeve shirts are $12. Attached below is the T-Shirt order form to be printed out and returned with cash or check. Checks are to be made out to AAHS Senior Class.