Competing in flight endurance, technology problem solving and model dragster racing, three industry and engineering students from Heppner, along with adviser Dave Fowler, attended the 2008 National Technology Student Association June 28-July 2 in Orlando, Fla.

Matt Garrett and Mercedes Garrett of the Heppner High School TSA Chapter and Bryce Fowler from the Heppner Junior High TSA Chapter also attended a DuPont Leadership Camp.

More than 4,700 from 48 states attended the conference. The TSA, a national, non-profit organization for middle and high school students with a strong interest in technology was chartered in 1978 and over 2 million have participated in its programs and activities.

The mission of the organization is to foster personal growth, leadership and opportunities in technology, innovation, design and engineering.

"Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts through co-curricular activities, competitive events and related programs," Dave Fowler said.

There are nine chapters in Morrow and Umatilla counties. In addition to Heppner's chapters, Riverside High School, Umatilla High School, Echo High School, Hermiston High School, Ukiah Schools, Pendleton High School and McLaughlin High School all have groups.

Dave Fowler also serves as the Oregon State TSA Advisor. James Polson at McLaughlin High School is the school's local advisor and the Oregon Conference Director.

During the 2008-09 school year, Oregon TSA has four events planned, including a leadership conference for all chapter officers and advisors, a fall competition in December followed by a competition and dinner with engineers in February, then a spring competition in April and the TSA 2009 National Conference in June to be held in Denver.

For more information about the organization, go to www.tsaweb.org.

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