Welcome back to another school year, Delaware TSA! The state officers are very excited to share with the delegation everything they have planned for this year. If you don’t already, remember to regularly check our website, www.detsa.org for news, updates, downloads, and more!

The officer team would also like to invite the members to Cape Henlopen State Park on next Saturday, September 15, for a volunteer opportunity as one of the officers’ monthly service projects. Spend time getting to know your state officers all while helping clean up one of Delaware’s most popular beaches! If you would like to join us, or want any more information, please contact the DE TSA Sergeant-at-Arms, Jordan Siskin, at jsiskin@detsa.org. The state officers hope to see you there!

Congratulations to Steven Vanderloo, winner of the 2012 Dr. Bob Hanson Distinguished Student Award!  This award is given to the TSA member who has achieved prominence and distinction, and been actively responsible for the continued growth and success of TSA.  Steven has been an active and enthusiastic member of TSA throughout his middle and high school years.  He has also been involved with Delaware’s State TSA program, holding the offices of treasurer, vice-president, president, and reporter.  Steven was recognized at this year’s national TSA conference in Nashville, and he was “excited and honored to win the award.”

Steven joined TSA while in 7th grade at Hanby Middle School.  At the prompting of his technology teacher, he attended an interest meeting for TSA.  Steven commented that “after seeing all of the great events and leadership opportunities at the state and national Conference that year, I decided that TSA was something that I really wanted to do.”  And his interest and participation continued to grow throughout middle and high school.  He took an active role in the leadership of his chapter, helped planned conference events, and launched a brand new Delaware TSA website.  Steven says that working on the website “allowed me to not only gain technical skills . . . but also learn about marketing, leadership and communications first hand.”

Steven also enjoyed competing in the competitive events offered by TSA on both the state and national levels, including Desktop Publishing, Chapter Team, Technology Problem Solving, and Manufacturing Prototype.

Steven’s involvement with Delaware TSA impressed state advisor, Mike Fitzgerald, who nominated Steven for the award.  Mike met Steven in the fall of 2010 and described Steven as “well organized, very knowledgeable, [with] a level of dedication that was evident.”  Steven was President of Delaware TSA when they met, and what caught Mike’s attention was Steven’s ability to earn “the natural trust, respect, and initiative of his colleagues.”

At Concord High School, Steven was involved with other extracurricular activities including National Honor Society, Leader Corps, and Boy Scouts.  He was also a member of the Delaware STEM Council as the student liaison for New Castle County.

Outside of TSA, Steven worked at a gift shop, and did freelance computer work for several organizations, friends, and family.  He also volunteered for many other organizations including Relay for Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Coastal Cleanup, Letters to Soldiers, Toys for Tots, Hagley Museum’s Invention Convention, SPCA, park cleanups, and soup kitchens.

Steven will be attending Virginia Tech this fall, and plans on majoring in either Computer Engineering or Computer Science.  He will participate in the Residential Leadership Community. Steven describes this as a “themed housing leadership program where I study leadership and take an active part of becoming a leader on Virginia Tech’s campus.”

Steven says that his involvement with TSA through his middle and high school years has been a rewarding experience.  In his own words, Steven says that because of TSA, he is “one step closer to becoming successful in a technical world.”

Originally posted on National TSA’s website: http://www.tsaweb.org/2012_Distinguished_Student

The 2012 – 2013 DE TSA State Officer Team recently spent the weekend of August 10th to 13th together in Bethany Beach, DE for their summer retreat. During this time, the state officers discussed goals for the upcoming year, formed committees, planned service projects, and crafted the 2012 – 2013 work plan. In addition, the officers had fun on the boardwalk and at the beach, even spending a night ghost crabbing with state advisor, Mr. Fitzgerald. By the end of the four days, the team had come together and bonded not only with each other, but with Mr. Fitzgerald, and our newest management team member, Dr. Brown. The state officer team would like to thank Dr. Brown for hosting their stay at his beach house. As the school year approaches, the state officers are very excited to implement their work plan and fulfill their responsibilities as leaders for the delegation.

Finally, the state officers also helped complete the planning draft of the DE TSA Calendar which is now ready for chapters to use in planning their year!  Be sure to check the website and “News Feed” throughout the year for updates as some events and dates are subject to changes since this is a planning draft.  Let’s make this year a great one for Delaware TSA!

Delaware TSA had an amazing experience at the 34th Annual National TSA Conference! Our members acted as passionate competitors and as honorable delegates representing the great state of Delaware. Students from throughout the world learned that Delaware TSA models positive sportsmanship, an enthusiastic spirit of service, and trustworthy leadership.

Find the press release here to learn more about the positive accomplishments of Delaware TSA in Nashville, Tennessee!

Photos from the conference will appear on the website soon. If you have any pictures from the 2012 National TSA Conference that you would like to share, please send them to Quan Bui, Delaware TSA Reporter at qbui@detsa.org