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.
507 Virginia Technology Student Association members and their instructors attended the National TSA conference at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington DC, June 27 – July 1 along with 6800TSA members from across the United States and Germany. Students participated in a variety of Leadership Development workshops, Association Business sessions and competed in 70 competitive events involving Leadership & Technology activities. Virginia TSA & TEAMS (Test of Engineering Aptitude, Math & Science), chapters accumulated 108 top ten finalists including 9 First place, 11 Second place and 13 Third place finishers.
The Technology Student Association is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). TSA chapters take the study of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) beyond the classroom and give students the chance to pursue academic challenges among friends with similar goals and interests.
During the conference Virginia TSA was recognized for having the largest number of TSA chapters nationally. Virginia currently has 199 Middle & High School chapters.
Kurtis Gross, a two time Virginia TSA state officer from Abingdon High School, ran a unsuccessful campaign to be elected as National TSA Reporter. It took several runoff ballots to determine the eventual winner.
As Host Delegation of the National TSA Conference, Virginia TSA provided many volunteers to ensure the conference ran smoothly. Additionally a couple students of our Delegation were asked to give a tour of the conference to Robin Utz, Leader of the College & Career Division of the US Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical & Adult Education. Read Mrs. Utz’ recent blog about her tour of the TSA conference.
November 22-23 saw 160 Virginia TSA members and advisors gathering at the Wyndham Crossing Hotel and resort center in Glen Allen, 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 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. During the closing session the 1,2 & 3 place teams were recognized respectfully with Gold, Silver or Bronze TSA medals. Lots of good food and fellowship was enjoyed throughout the weekend. Hope to see you at Leadership Academy next year!!
June 6-8 saw the newly elected Executive and Advisory council meeting in Richmond for New Officer training. This was an extensive weekend in preparing the council for the upcoming school year. The group spent time in bonding as a team, developing leadership skills, learning their duties and responsibilities and developing a Plan of Work and supporting activities to accomplish those tasks. Furthermore, an extensive lesson in the founding and development of Virginia TSA was provided by Mr. George Willcox of the Virginia Department of Education.
It is now time for the second issue of the Virginia Scene for this school year. Please share with your chapter members. The newsletter is available below in Adobe PDF format; Adobe provides free downloads of it’s multi-platform Adobe Reader, a program that allows the viewing of Adobe PDF files.
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, 2015.
The Virginia Technology Student Association announces the availability of the $500 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.