Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana is a huge consolidated high school with somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 students. (Mishawaka is the "twin city" to South Bend and is on the east side of South Bend.) Its theatre department is fairly large and includes two theatres (a proscenium theatre and a studio theatre), two drama directors (so each only has to direct one show per year), and a full time technical director.
The school's Tech Olympics team won first place, the ETC Source Four ellipsoid, and had some individual winners. Bill Heimann also served as the Indiana Thespians State Director for nine years, stepping down this past May. He was very supportive when the Section offered to do the Tech Olympics at the State Thespian Conference.
Mr. Heimann wrote the following thank-you note to the Section:
A big thanks from Penn High School to USITT Midwest Region, to ETC, and Indianapolis Stage. The structure of the event and the awarding of the valued prizes makes for a very exciting event that highlights the importance of technical theater.
Our tech team was very enthusiastic about the event. They filled me in on the bus ride home on all the details of their great adventure. When we stopped for food, they ordered carry-out and went to a card store. They bought bows and a card which they attached to the Source Four box.
They left this present in Byron Welker's office for him to find.