Every spring during Technosphere, the Virginia TSA state leadership conference, new state officers are elected and sworn into office with Regional Presidents who, with their advisors, comprise the Virginia TSA Executive Council.
520 Virginia TSA participants ended a successful 2015-2016 year on a definite high note. The 2016 National TSA conference, held at the Gaylord Opryland resort and conference center in Nashville, Tennessee, an enthusiastic group of Virginia TSA participants leave it’s mark. 83 teams and individuals crossed the stage receiving top 10 finalist awards. 10 of those also received 1st place trophies while 11 others received a 2nd place and 11, 3rd place trophies. During the Recognition Assembly on day 2, 23 students received a Gold Achievement award and 5 students were inducted into the Technology Honor Society. Advisors Robert Doolidge & Jennifer Tolley were recognized as Advisor’s of Year. The final excitement was witnessing the newly installed 2016-2017 National TSA officer team which included Secretary, Erin Sullivan & Reporter Aala Nasir of Virginia TSA, close the conference.
Erin Sullivan, the 2015-2016 Virginia TSA President and Aala Nasir, the 2015-2016 Virginia TSA Parliamentarian were elected to the 2016-2017 National TSA Officer Team at the TSA annual conference held in Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Conference Center June 28 – July 2, 2016. Aala will serve as Reporter while Erin will serve as Secretary. Again, Virginia TSA continues to demonstrate it’s belief in developing leadership among it’s membership.
November 13-14 saw 135 Virginia TSA members and advisors gathering at the Doubletree in Midlothian, VA. for the annual Leadership Academy. The goal of this Leadership Event is to encourage and develop leadership among Virginia TSA members to use at the local, state and national levels. Friday evening was a time to get to know one another and hear what caused the current Virginia TSA Executive council to become interested in being leaders. Several Ice Breaker activities were held and heard an inspiring speech by Adam Gambrell, a former Virginia TSA State Officer who now attends George Mason University and studies Mass Communication and Video Production. Adam shared how his experiences in TSA have helped him outside of TSA and challenge the attendees to make the most of their TSA experience. Finally, a meet and greet time with the state officer team ended the evening. On Saturday morning groups were rotated through a series of sessions to help develop students skills in leadership. During the afternoon those groups competed in competitions designed to reinforce those skills and earn each group puzzle pieces with hints to find the buried treasure and become SURVIVORS. Lots of good food and fellowship was enjoyed throughout the weekend. Hope to see you at Leadership Academy next year!!
The Addendum should be carefully studied to qualify the differences between the National TSA Conference Competitive Events Guide and how Virginia TSA manages the competitions at the regional and state conferences.
Virginia TSA has been privileged over the years to be associated with many leaders who have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and provided high distinction within TSA and the Technology Education profession. Virginia TSA desires to continue that Tradition of Excellence and therefore each year offers three separate scholarships in honor of these distinguished professional leaders. Please seek out those graduating seniors who fit these qualities and apply for one of these Scholarships listed below. Applications can be found at the following Link: http://virginiatsa.org/resources/
The deadline for returning applications is March 31, 2016.
The Virginia Technology Student Association announces the availability of the $1000 Monroe Scholarship for an undergraduate student majoring in teacher preparation – with certification in technology education. The award – in honor of John Monroe, DTE, a Virginia technology educator – is based upon evidence of leadership potential and desire to be a teacher.
The Virginia Technology Student Association announces the availability of the $1,000 Hughes Scholarship for an undergraduate student majoring in teacher preparation – with certification in technology education. The award – in honor of Thomas A. Hughes, Jr., a Virginia technology educator – is based upon evidence of leadership potential and desire to be a teacher.
The Virginia Association of the Technology Student Association announces the availability of the $1,000 George R. Willcox Scholarship for an undergraduate student. The award is based upon evidence of leadership.