Two Penn Manor High School students took home a top prize in the Pennsylvania Technology Student Association State Conference, held April 19 through 22 at Seven Springs Resort.
Suren Clark and Jordan Chen placed first in the state in the Debating Technological Issues competition, during which they participated in a debate about whether social media companies should profit from posting controversial and dangerous topics.
Jordan, a sophomore, and Suren, a junior, were assigned to debate against the profits. They had to introduce their position, cross-examine other participants’ views and deliver closing arguments during the debate.
Suren also placed in the top 10 in three other events in which he competed – Extemporaneous Presentation (5th), Prepared Presentation (7th) and Future Technology & Engineering Teacher (7th).
“Suren and Jordan converted their time and effort preparing and practicing into quality results in the in-person debate,” said Dr. Molly Miller, Penn Manor High School technology education teacher and TSA advisor. “They were also outright great competitors, shaking hands and congratulating the opposition immediately following the debate, along with the judges who had volunteered their time.”
Suren and Jordan qualified for the state conference based on their strong performance in the regional TSA conference, held January 28 at Conestoga Valley High School.
They are now eligible to attend the national TSA conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 28 to July 2.
Congratulations to these students, and Dr. Miller, on their accomplishments!