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RBR Senior Takes First Place in State Technology Modeling Competition

 RBR Senior Takes First Place in State Technology Modeling Competition

            Senior Jose Ramirez took first place at the TSA State Competition RBR senior Jose Ramirez of Red Bank recently took first place at the State Technology Student Association (TSA) Competition for his portfolio and model in Transportation Modeling. The event took place at the College of New Jersey on April 16.

            His advisor, RBR technology teacher Kathryn Hawley states, “Last year Jose placed third in this same competition. He worked so hard, and this year he earned the first place finish! We are so proud of him.”

            In the competition in which Jose excelled, participants use only designated materials and follow required specifications to design and produce a scale model of a vehicle that fits the annual design problem.  The judges also take appearance and realism into consideration. This year’s vehicle design was for a riding lawnmower.

            Jose is a student in RBR’s Academy of Pre-Engineering.  The TSA is an extra-curricular club he attends which enters competitions with other STEM students from around the country.  Jose is now eligible to enter his project in the national competition which takes place in June in Nashville, TN.

            According to their website ( The TSA mission, “fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) members; members apply and integrate these concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs.”