Harker students had another great year in the Technology Student Association’s annual TEAMS (Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) competition, with four teams taking top spots in California. The team of freshmen Rohan Bhowmik, Brian Chen, Riya Gupta, Nicholas Wei, Stephen Xia, Sabrina Zhu, Sally Zhu and sophomore Alex Hu took first place in the 9/10 division, where the team of sophomores Akhilesh Chegu, Harsh Deep, Shounak Ghosh, Mark Hu, Caden Lin, Sasvath Ramachandran, Kailash Ranganathan and Deven Shah took third overall. Also in the 9/10 division, Zach Clark, Angela Jia, Chirag Kaushik, Alex Liou, Rohan Thakur, Michael Tran, Aimee Wang and Gloria Zhu, all grade 10, placed fifth. Placing fifth in the 11/12 division were juniors Shray Alag, Annesh Ghosh Dastidar, Sophia Horng, Helen Li, Luisa Pan, Aditya Tadimeti, Bowen Yin and Alex Zhai.
The annual TEAMS competition tasks students with answering multiple-choice and essay questions on a chosen topic for the year. Top qualifying teams from each state are invited to the National TSA Conference, where teams solve written problems and present their solutions. This year’s national conference, originally scheduled to take place in Nashville from June 27-July 1, was canceled due to safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.