Did you know that we have a mailing list?

An email goes out about once a month regarding what’s new with Delaware TSA. Signing up is easy – just click on the mailing list icon on the right sidebar of any page. On the sign up page, enter some information and you’ll get a confirmation email. Once confirmed, you can expect monthly updates from Delaware TSA.

Our mailing list isn’t limited to just members or advisors though, parents, alumni and visitors are also welcome to join!

To see the last email that we sent out, check it out: http://eepurl.com/i5uOf.

It’s time for the competitive events conference once again! This year, the conference takes place from April 26-27 at the usual location, the Delaware State Fair Grounds. This conference is intended to showcase all of the hard work you have completed throughout the year, and hopefully, walk away with some shining trophies!

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We’ve been hard at work this year to make this conference an amazing experience for all students, advisors and visitors. We have put together an official 2012 State Conference page that brings together all of the information needed to succeed at the conference. Students, parents and advisors will all find valuable information to make this a seamless experience.

Check out the 2012 State Conference page here…

The Technology Student Association Awards and Recognition Programs acknowledges outstanding individuals. The State Officers would like to encourage students to apply to these beneficial programs. Please see below for the applications for each program and feel free to ask Mr. Fitzgerald (State Advisor) at mfitzgerald@doe.k12.de.us if you have any questions.

Please be sure to read the descriptions on the application forms carefully as supplemental material may be required.

Leadership Lunch Group Photo

Ten student members from across the state joined current State Officers to learn about leadership opportunities with Delaware TSA.

The Delaware Technology Student Association hosted a Leadership Lunch at the Collette Education Center in Dover, DE from 12 PM – 2 PM on January 7, 2012. Ten student members from several affiliated schools attended to learn more about leadership opportunities within the organization. Students were invited at the annual Leadership Conferences in the Fall and an open invitation was posted on the www.detsa.org website.

During lunch, the State Officer team hosted a human scavenger hunt to allow members to better acquaint themselves with one another and the state officers. After the scavenger hunt, each leader formally introduced themselves _and the duties associated with their position. Copies of the State Officer Application packet were distributed (also located at www.detsa.org/downloads) and reviewed. Members were reminded that the packet is due no later than March 9, 2012 at 4 PM.

After screening State Officer candidate packets, students who pass will be granted an interview. Students at the Leadership Lunch participated in mock interviews. This helped the students to feel more comfortable with the interview process, should they decide to run for a 2012-2013 term as a State Officer. The current State Officers then opened the floor for questions, sharing their experiences and the rewards that their position offers.

The attendees discussed why they wanted to run for a state office position. Some of the responses included becoming a better public speaker, becoming more motivated towards an organization that they love, gaining additional leadership experience and spreading TSA’s popularity.

Students were given information on national TSA award and recognition programs. Some of these awards included the TSA achievement awards, the Technology Honor Society and the Chapter Excellence award. More information on earning these awards can be found on the Delaware TSA website on the Information page.

Any additional questions can be sent to Steven Vanderloo at svanderloodetsa@live.com.

5. Attend all meetings – Attending all chapter meetings is an important part of being a member. You learn vital information and get to interact with your peers and teammates. Therefore, it’s essential that each member attempt to attend all meetings this upcoming year.

4. Raise money –Without funds, attending states and especially nationals is difficult, if not impossible. If each member puts forth their best efforts in fundraising, then money becomes available and the chapter can provide for registration fees. Raising money for the chapter is then an important part of being an active and helpful chapter member.

3. Work with teams – Since so many TSA events are team-based, cooperation with team members is absolutely essential. Make sure to inform all team members of meeting dates and assign each member a specific task. Because remember, people support what they help to create; success is impossible without a coherent team.

2. Finish events – Of course, to compete, the events must be finished. Let’s just try to get some sleep right before states, okay?

1. Take home a trophy – The ultimate prize. The ultimate wish. If you work hard at your events, finish them on time and edit them thoroughly. If you put forth effort, you will surely be rewarded.