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.
298 Virginia TSA participants ended a successful 2014-2015 year on a definite high note. The 2015 National TSA conference, held at the Gaylord Texan resort and conference center in Grapevine, Texas, saw a small but enthusiastic group of Virginia TSA participants leave it’s mark. 74 teams and individuals crossed the stage receiving top 10 finalist awards. 11 of those also received 1st place trophies while 8 others received a 2nd place and 7, 3rd place trophies. During the Recognition Assembly on day 2, 5 students received a Gold Achievement award and 1 student was inducted into the Technology Honor Society. Advisors Matthew Short & Brandon Hardy were recognized as Advisor’s of the year and Andy Stephenson was recognized as the State Advisor of the year. The final excitement was witnessing the newly installed 2015-2016 National TSA President, Kelsey Stoner of Virginia TSA, close the conference.
Kelsey Stoner, the Virginia TSA 2014-2015 State President, was elected as the National TSA President for 2015-2016 school year. Kelsey, on the left above along with the 2015-2016 TSA National officer team who were installed on July 2, 2015 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference center at the completion of the 2015 National Conference. Kelsey is a member of the Deep Run High School TSA chapter, Henrico County Public Schools. Kelsey will be the 5th Virginian to serve as National TSA President.
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!!
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 file. Follow the link to the latest issue:
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.