Hello, Virginia TSA! We hope you’re as excited as we are for the new and improved Technosphere! This year, the council is planning spectacular general sessions, fitted with fun, laughter, and business all in one; it’s not something we think you should miss! The redesigned mixer this year will also be something unprecedented. It’s a Wizard of Oz costume party with an awesome prize for the winner, so come out to put your costume to the test! While you’re finding your way to your challenges, make sure to keep an eye out for the different Wizard of Oz themed decorations we’ll have laid out. This year, there’s so much more to do and experience that we wouldn’t want you to miss. So, we hope you, “Follow the TSA Road,” all the way down to Technosphere!
Your 2018-2019 Executive Council
The 2018 Virginia Leadership Academy took place in November at Camp Piankatank. The Virginia state officer team put on a wonderful weekend of leadership sessions. To learn more about what took place at Leadership Academy please read the latest Virginia Scene 39-3. You can find other Virginia Scene’s from the year by clicking on the newsletter link on the left side of the homepage.
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
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
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, 2019.
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.