Four Virginia state officers, one regional president, myself and our former National TSA President Aala Nasir traveled to Washington DC on August 2nd to represent National TSA at ChannelCon 2018, CompTIA’s main conference for the year. President Devan Patel, Secretary Virginia Suddarth, Historian Sruti Kamarajugadda and Parliamentarian Hirak Shah joined South Central President Tyler Yarow and Nasir on the train that left Richmond Amtrak station at 6 A.M. After arriving in DC, we joined National TSA Executive Director Rosanne White and National TSA Program Director Lynda Haitz, and we all got on the Metro to go over to the Washington Marriott Wardman Park where the conference was taking place. The officers first session they attended was that of 17-year-old Alex Taylor, founder and CEO of Wind Craft Aviation. They attended a session on diversity and inclusion and one from Peter Zapf to close out their morning. The officers then got to have a private lunch with Taylor where they could ask him anything they wanted. This was a really neat moment for them since he was their age and was CEO of a multi-million dollar company. After lunch we attended CompTIA’s vendor fair where the officers got to talk to business and tech people from all over the country and London, England. Later that afternoon we jumped back on the Metro and the Amtrak train to arrive back in Richmond at 9 P.M. It was an exciting day and they did a great job not only representing Virginia TSA, but National TSA.
The Virginia TSA state delegation recently traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to compete at the 2018 National TSA Conference. Below is a list of all of the top 10 finishers from the state, and below that is a picture of some of the state delegation with the Coca-Cola Bear.
Virginia TSA top 10s 2018 National Conference
We’ve heard your requests regarding bridging the gap between judges and competitors. The Virginia TSA Executive Council has created and approved a Project Value Statement supplement available to all competitors for use at Technosphere. This statement should be used to exemplify to the judges aspects of a competitor’s project which they feel define its value and intentions. We hope that in practice, this statement will make judging both easier for our judges and more accurate for our competitors. Thank you.
Project Value Statement
November 17-18 saw Virginia TSA members and advisors from around the state gathering at the Wyndham Crossings 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 heard an inspiring speech by TSA Alum, Chris Sheap. Finally, a meet and greet time with the state officer team ended the evening. On Saturday groups were rotated through a series of sessions to help develop students skills in leadership. Workshops were designed around this years theme, Get a Clue. Lots of good food and fellowship was enjoyed throughout the weekend. Hope to see you at Leadership Academy next year!!
402Virginia TSA participants ended a successful 2016-2017 year on a definite high note. The 2017 National TSA conference, held at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort and conference center in Orlando, Florida, an enthusiastic group of Virginia TSA participants leave it’s mark. 88 teams and individuals crossed the stage receiving top 10 finalist awards. 5 of those also received 1st place trophies while 10 others received a 2nd place and 14, 3rd place trophies. During the Recognition Assembly on day 2, 8 students received a Gold Achievement award and 4 students were inducted into the Technology Honor Society. Advisors Sam Turner & Jerry Ridgeway were recognized as Advisor’s of Year. The final excitement was witnessing the newly installed 2017-2018 National TSA officer team which included President, Aala Nasir & Vice President Jessica Strait of Virginia TSA, close the conference.
Virginia TSA, Moving Onward & Upward!
Aala Nasir, the 2016-2017 National TSA Reporter and Jessica Strait, the 2016-2017 Virginia TSA President were elected to the 2017-2018 National TSA Officer Team at the TSA annual conference held in Orlando, FL at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel and Conference Center June 21 – June 25, 2017. Aala will serve as President while Jessica will serve as Vice President. Again, Virginia TSA continues to demonstrate it’s belief in developing leadership among it’s membership.
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.