CFISD Students Successful at National TSA Competition

Cypress, Texas (August 7, 2013)—Students from Cypress Woods and Langham Creek high schools represented the district by placing in the top 10 of their respective events at the 2013 National Technology Student Association (TSA) contest, held June 28-July 2 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla.

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Cypress Woods students Robert Lipman and Alie Derkowski


Cypress Woods student Alie Derkowskiplaced second in the nation in the 2D Architecture competition, receiving compliments from the judges on the knowledge and skills she brought to the contest. Derkowski had qualified for the national competition after placing second in 2D Architecture at the Texas TSA competition.

Fellow Cypress Woods student Robert Lipman qualified for the national competition by placing second in 3D Engineering at the state contest.

Langham Creek High School student Taylor Frith-Brown placed sixth in the Technical Sketching event at the National TSA contest. The event requires students to solve an on-site engineering graphics problem using standard drafting techniques. The 2013 on-site problem included a pen with six parts, and required students to drawn an orthographic projection of all six parts along with an exploded assembly view of the pen in 1 ½ hours.

“We are extremely proud of Alie, Taylor and Robert’s successes at National TSA,” said Mark Williams, CFISD coordinator for career and technical education. “The career and technology education office extends a special thank-you to their parents, along with Langham Creek instructor Jennifer O’Brian and Cypress Woods instructor Michael Bennett for all their support and guidance in their endeavors.”