Three photos of Jordan Chen and Suren Clark holding their award and receiving the award on stage.

Penn Manor students place third in the nation in TSA competition

A team of two Penn Manor High School students recently took home a top award in the Technology Student Association (TSA) National Conference.

Jordan Chen and Suren Clark placed third in the Debating Technological Issues competition at the conference, besting competitors from across the United States.

During the conference, held June 28 to July 2 in Kentucky, teams had to research a topic relating to social media and society and prepare for a debate against students from other TSA chapters.

Teams had to take either a pro or con stance on the topic, submit a summary of research references, and use that research to support their position in a debate.

Jordan, who will be a junior in the fall, and Suren, who will be a senior, were assigned the topic “social media promotes collective ideas and strengthens groups.”

During the preliminary round, they had to debate in favor of that statement. In the final round, they had to debate in opposition to the statement.

They were judged on the quality of their debates.

“I am so proud of the work that these two young men put into their TSA performance this year and know that we will continue to see great things from them,” said Penn Manor TSA Club advisor and technology education teacher Dr. Molly Miller.

“They both wish to thank the administration and the school board for all of the support they have received this year.”

Jordan and Suren qualified to compete nationally after placing first in the Pennsylvania TSA Conference in April.

Congratulations to these two young men and their advisor!