Featured Member Rinal Patel

Rinal Patel is a junior at Caesar Rodney High School and has been a dedicated TSA member since her freshman year. Rinal’s passion for fashion and creativity has grown through TSA, inspiring her to create quality work in both Fashion Design and Children’s Stories. Although not currently in a leadership role, she has expressed exceptional leadership qualities. Rinal has displayed her leadership repeatedly by creating social media pages for Caesar Rodney TSA, attending state business meetings, organizing nonprofit LAN parties to support the American Cancer Society, and volunteering at the SPCA with the DETSA State Officer team. In the future she plans to attend a 4-year college with a concentration in nursing and minor in accounting, ultimately preparing herself to volunteer in foreign countries to help those in need.

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On Saturday, December 17, the Delaware TSA State Officers volunteered at the First State Animal Center and SPCA in Wyoming, DE for the December service project. Volunteers played with the dogs and cats and greeted visitors at the animal center’s annual Holiday Open House. Of course, it was impossible to resist giving a few treats and posing for a few pictures with the animals as well! The excitement we all shared when interacting with the animals made this service project a truly memorable experience.

The Winter Leadership Dinner will be held on January 21, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Collette Education Resources Center (35 Commerce Way) in Dover, DE. The snow date is January 28, 2017. This dinner is intended for students who are interested in running for state office in April for the 2017-2018 school year. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to work with their state officers and will learn ways to become better leaders for their community and state. There will be multiple workshops where individuals will learn about work plan creation, interview preparation and strategies, and much more! State officer application packets can be found at DETSA.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/3.0-State-Officer-Application-Packet-2017.pdf, and they will also be distributed at the dinner. State Officer applications are due on Friday, January 27, 2017.


Interested students should talk to their advisors and send an RSVP to State Sergeant-at-Arms Tyler Rouwhorst (trouwhorst@detsa.org) by Friday, January 13, 2017.

On Saturday, October 29, Delaware TSA (DETSA) State Officers participated in the Haunted Trail fundraiser at Brecknock County Park in Camden, DE. Proceeds from the event went toward supporting the American Cancer Society and other charities. DETSA State Officers Participated in the event. This is the second consecutive year in which DETSA has participated in the fundraiser.

Delaware TSA (DETSA) State Officers Participated in International Coastal Cleanup day on Saturday September 17, sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. DETSA State Officers, joined with Delaware SkillsUSA State Officers, cleaned the shore line beneath the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge. Delaware’s Cleanup is also part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest annual clearing of trash from coastlines and lakes by volunteers.