Virginia TSA is proud to announce that there will be virtual fall competitive events offered as many school systems start this new school year with uncertainty as to how everything will go. Being so many schools will have a virtual aspect, Virginia TSA is there to meet that need. The schedule of these is still being finalized, but it looks as if 22 events will be run across first semester in middle and high school competitions throughout the fall and into the holidays. Keep checking back here in the coming days to see the final list of events and full schedule. Affiliate now as to not to miss out.
Virginia TSA would like to recognize some awards from the 2019-2020 school year that were not announced publicly.
Member of the Year High School was Daniel Alumbaugh from Turner Ashby High School.
Member of the Year Middle School was Nicole Xue from Short Pump Middle School with Diya Johar of Holman Middle School also recognized for her great work during the school year.
The Leadership awards went to Charles Small from Highland Springs High School, while Alicia Toms of E.B. Stanley Middle School won the middle school Leadership Academy award.
Region President awards were as follows:
Blue Ridge: Evie Washburn, Blacksburg High School
Northern: Kirill Usubyan, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
South Central: Abhay Dharanikota, Deep Run High School
Southwestern: Sidney Herndon, Abingdon High School
Tidewater: Ellie Franklin, Saint Clare Walker Middle School
Valley: Loren Satterwhite, Turner Ashby
Here is the 2020-2021 Virginia TSA State Officer team virtual installation ceremony from May 12, 2020
Since we were unable to have Technosphere 2020 due to COVID-19, the 2019-2020 Virginia TSA State Officer Team did a farewell video. Here is the 2019-2020 Virginia TSA State Officer Team farewell video.
The Virginia TSA 2019 Leadership Academy was held at Brethren Woods Camp and Retreat Center in Keezletown in November. It was a great weekend for all the Virginia TSA members who attended. There were leadership sessions provided by the Virginia TSA State Officer team throughout the weekend which included some competitions that culminated with prizes for the winning leadership teams. Teams were chosen from members of all the schools that were in attendance from the state. This allowed for a lot of communication from students across the state. The student members got to work with students from their own school as well as others from schools across the state in the leadership activities. After the opening session on Friday night, all members went outside to a campfire where they made smores. The members who attended also were involved in team bonding outside activities during the day on Saturday that included a climbing wall, archery and a nature trail to name a few. All students got a lot out of the weekend and a had a great time in the process. Virginia TSA members, if you did not attend leadership academy this year, you definitely want to be a part next year. It is an experience that you will not forget.
Virginia TSA hosted the 2019 National TSA Conference in National Harbor, Maryland on June 28 – July 2, 2019. Pictured below is a portion of the state delegation that attended the conference. Virginia TSA competed very well at Nationals as it had 80 individuals or teams place in the top 10 during the five-day event, including a clean sweep of the top three spots in High School Flight Endurance. All together Virginia students took home eight first place trophies at the National conference. Here is a link for you to be able to see all the Virginia state winners at the conference. Virginia TSA top 10s 2019 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, 2021.
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.