Hawkins technology team Nationals bound

Bob Behnke

POSTED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 5:38pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 6:51pm

More than 200,000 students compete in Technology Student Association competitions worldwide, and four members of the Hawkins high school team are nationals bound. According to the TSA advisor, Bob Behnke, at Hawkins High School, It's the only organization specifically designed for technology education students.

First year member Mason Payne said its been a long road to Washington D.C. Their team has competed around six times this school year at all levels. "That was very difficult and we were able to do so well there that we're able to go and I'm ecstatic and I'm very much looking forward to it," said Payne. He also said, "the very first one was intimidating, There was stands full of screaming nerds."

The competitions include, problem solving, structural engineering, race cars, and robotics. All of which Payne, who wants to be an engineer, says will help him in more ways than one. "It taught me a few characteristics that I should live my life as, and especially this program TSA, they're very big on obedience," added Payne.

He credits his teammates to his successful first year, and said, "you're working together, but at the same time you're making memories, you're laughing, you're having a great time." Advisor Behnke agreed, "we do become a tight knit group, we feed off each others strengths." This is the reason why Behnke, thinks win or lose, they've already won. He said, "success is not always measured by the size of the trophy, that you bring home or don't bring home or you don't bring home, what did we learn from that experience to make us better the next time we go?"

While they're in Washington D.C. they will also be a part of a special presentation of putting a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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