TSA is running the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for the fourth year in a row. Middle school and high school teams have the chance to win mobile devices, $20,000 for their schools, and the opportunity to be recognized at the 2016 national TSA conference in Nashville, TN. TSA chapters are encouraged to enter this STEM competition and it is EASY to do. The competition is based on a winning IDEA using simple mobile application coding. A dedicated team could create a viable submission in as few as four or five hours. Follow these simple steps:

1. Review the Challenge rules and resources at http://verizon.com/appchallenge2015 and gather a team of 5-7 students with a faculty advisor.
2. Look around for problems in your school or community and decide as a group on how your team can create an entirely new solution
3. Research existing mobile apps and develop an innovative and marketable app concept to address the identified need.
4. Create a 3-5 minute video describing your app concept idea and answer 5 essay questions about your team’s research, use of STEM and marketability. Submit the video and essay responses via http://verizon.com/appchallnege2015

Registration closes on November 24, 2014, so it is time to get started. Visit http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/ today for more information.


Last October, the Delaware TSA state officers volunteered as actors in an event called Fright Night at Brecknock Park. The haunted attraction is very famous around the Camden and Dover area and has 29 spooky scenes, including an abandoned bus, toxic wasteland, and a maze around a barn.

Fright Night organizers were able to present a check of over $500 to Home of the Brave, an organization that makes it their goal to reduce homelessness among the military veteran population. This group makes sure to provide basic necessities to the homeless such as food, shelter, and clothing, as well as counseling, transportation, and much more.

Your state officers were able to contribute by dressing up and spooking attendees. It was an honor to help out and raise money for the Home of the Brave organization and a fun experience making people scream. We look forward to coming back next October and helping out again!

If you or your chapter would like to attend a service project with your state officers, check out the DETSA Website or contact one of your state officers.


This year’s CTSO Fall Leadership Conference is next week (October 20 for high school and October 21 for middle school) from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (registration is at 8:00 AM) at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. Students will participate in interactive, hands-on workshops that will help them develop leadership skills in all aspects of their lives. Workshops will be facilitated by Junior Achievement of Delaware and CTSO State Officers. “General Session Attire,” as described on the national TSA website, is mandatory.

Please remind your students to bring donations for the food drive. We look forward to seeing you! The State Officers have planned a fantastic professional development to support you and your chapters! The Food Bank of Delaware will be onsite collecting canned goods and non-perishable items. Please bring donations.


The September monthly service project was the first service project your DETSA State Officers attended of the year! On September 19th, your state officers volunteered at South Bowers Beach for International Coastal Cleanup Day, a global effort involving thousands of volunteers around the world to clean up the coasts.

The annual Coastal Cleanup is a volunteer event where participants volunteer to make beaches cleaner and safer. There are countless aquatic animals that need clean beaches in order to remain healthy. At the same time, we need to make sure that beaches are safe for people who visit the area. Cleaning up our beaches is a very important effort to make our beaches beautiful.

We enjoyed serving our community by making our beaches cleaner, and we all reflected back on such a great and amazing time. In the end, our group of volunteers collected five bags of garbage on the beach. With a little help from everybody, and the thousands of volunteers who came out, the service project was a success.

If you or your chapter may be interested in joining your state officers for a service project, visit the Delaware TSA website at detsa.org to check out future service projects or contact one of your state officers.


This year’s CTSO Fall Leadership Conference will take place on October 20 for high school and October 21 for middle school from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (registration is at 8:00 AM) at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.

Students will participate in interactive, hands-on workshops that will help them develop leadership skills in all aspects of their lives. Workshops will be facilitated by Junior Achievement of Delaware and CTSO State Officers. “General Session Attire,” as described on the national TSA website, is mandatory.

The Food Bank of Delaware will be onsite collecting canned goods and non-perishable items. Please bring donations.

Go to http://www.registermychapter.com/ctso/de/Main.asp to sign up. The fee is $25 per student and $25 for advisors. A maximum of 6 students from each chapter may attend. Registration closes on September 30. We hope to see you there!