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Goldendale STEM girls do well in D.C.



WELL DONE: Goldendale STEM girls Thea Smith, Natasha Muzechenko, and Jade Smith with some of their project entries. The trio was in Washington, D.C. last week for a STEM competition.

Goldendale STEM girls Thea Smith, Natasha Muzechenko, and Jade Smith came home from the TSA National Conference in Washington, D.C., this week with hardware. The girls competed with 8,500 other students from around the United States, American Samoa, Turkey, and Germany in 70 different STEM events at the Technology Student Association national conference.

Thea Smith placed 1st in Career Prep. The event requires students to research a career, write a cover letter and resume, and then interview as if they were applying for a job in that field. Smith researched a career in logistics coordination.

Thea and Natasha Muzechenko also placed 4th in Off the Grid, designing a house for the slums in Kenya. The two girls also competed in Problem Solving as a team, working together to make a balloon tower.

Natasha was also a semifinalist for Digital Photo, making the top 12 in the nation, and Thea also competed in Prepared Speech, giving a speech on the impact of role models. Jade Smith competed in Architectural Design, designing a temporary housing solution to be used in emergencies, and competed in Prepared Presentation, giving a presentation about dreams and how to achieve them.

The three girls also got a chance to go on a tour of the Senate, as well as visiting the monuments and Smithsonian museums, and watching the fireworks display on the National Mall on the 4th of July.

"It was a trip we will always remember," said Thea Smith. "To get a chance to win a national championship, and then to also get to see the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the White House, the Vietnam Memorial, was very overwhelming."


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