Conquering childhood cancer with TSA

When you hear TSA you might think airport, security lines, and boarding passes, but that's not what TSA stands for at Mount Olive High School. TSA is the new Technology Student Association advised by Ms. Jillian Varner and co-founded by Olivia Aghabi, Daniel Carandang, Varshini Chinthareddy, Andrew Forrest, Maya Jones, Aveena Khanderia, Amulya Kuntamukkala, Henita Lawrence, Samantha Lulla, Akriti Sood, Shana Soyfer, Aswini Subramanian, and Akila Venkatraman.

Participants in TSA were inspired to start the club as a way to learn and experience all of the unique branches in the S.T.E.A.M. field such as biotechnology, engineering, visual art, and more. Many of the members would like to work in fields that include technology such as biomedicine, computer coding, biotechnology, structural engineering, computer-aided design, animatronics, and much more.

This year the students set up a booth at the 2019 Marauder Maker's Fest, ran various drives, and were able to raise over $500 to donate to child cancer research. Money raised was donated to Four Diamonds, an organization out of Penn State Children's Hospital, whose goal is to conquer childhood cancer.

TSA will be sponsoring a Mini-Thon for local elementary school students on Friday, June 7th from 4 to 7 p.m. to raise additional funds for Four Diamonds. The Mini-Thon will be a series of events including scavenger hunts, a glow stick party, and many other fun activities. Participants can go here to register and to donate to the cause as the TSA club seeks to raise at least $700 for Four Diamonds.

TSA is hoping that students who participate in the Mini-Thon will enjoy giving back to children in need. Members said, "Not only do we hope they will have a fun-filled night by participating in games and activities, but we hope that they will bring home the message that they, too, can make a difference in the world."

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