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The 2010 National Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference was held in Baltimore, Maryland from June 28, 2010 to July 2, 2010, and hosted by Delaware TSA. Members from across the nation and Germany attended this exciting conference to compete in various events and meet students from around the world. The Conference was held in the Hilton Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore Marriot Inner Harbor, and the Baltimore Convention Center. Members prepared throughout the year to participate in over 65 different competitive events that revolve around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) values that students focused on during the school year. This year’s conference was based on the theme “TSA: Tomorrow’s Leaders” which promoted the technological future of its members.

The members prepared to compete in a wide variety of technology based events such as System Control Technology, Graphic Design Challenge, Challenging Technology Issues, Electronic Gaming, Manufacturing Prototype, and Engineering Design. This year, a few new events were added to the Competitive Events Guide including Go Green Manufacturing and Robot TOBOR.

Nearly 2,000 TSA members participated in the TSA Leadership Academy which was sponsored by the Edison Venture Fund and Wiley Publishers. Leadership Academy attendees also enjoyed watching the Baltimore Orioles take on the Oakland Athletics at Camden Yards Ballpark on June 30. The Orioles won with a score of 9-6. Peter Andrews, a graduated senior from Mount Pleasant High School and the National TSA President, threw out the first pitch.

The following students and advisors were recognized for their outstanding work and participation throughout the year:

  • Bob Bogdziewicz, Lake Forest High School advisor, was Delaware TSA’s High School Teacher of the Year.
  • Walter Novak, Springer Middle School advisor, was Delaware TSA’s Middle School Teacher of the Year.
  • Steven Vanderloo, Delaware TSA President from Concord High School, received the Gold Achievement Award.
  • Pratyusha Gupta, Immediate-Past President of Delaware TSA from Caesar Rodney High School, was elected to serve as the National TSA Secretary.
  • Peter Andrews was recognized for his accomplishments as 2009-2010 National TSA President.

Delaware showed extraordinary performance in the competitive aspect of the National Conference with 21 top ten finishes! Congratulations to the following top ten finalists!

Career Prep6thVictoria MuirSpringer Middle School
Digital Photography10thQuan BuiP.S. DuPont Middle School
Electronic Gaming4thEmily Wong, Eric Tommer, and Alex NguyenSpringer Middle School
Graphic Design3rdQuan BuiP.S. DuPont Middle School
Leadership Strategies7thMichael Krueger, Emily Wong, and Abbey GoslinSpringer Middle School
Problem Solving3rdLonnie Simpson and Jacob ShughartGauger-Cobbs Middle School
System Control Technology10thEric Tommer, Andrew DiNunno and Emily WongSpringer Middle School
Technology Bowl (written)10thEric TommerSpringer Middle School
Techno Talk5thAbbey Goslin and Andrew DiNunnoSpringer Middle School
Website Design6thKatie McGinnis and Ashley GoldP.S. DuPont Middle School
Career Comparisons3rdPratyusha GuptaCaesar Rodney High School
Debating Technology Issues6thBecky Marshall and Pratyusha GuptaCaesar Rodney High School
Dragster Design9thLamar MeekinsSeaford Senior High School
Essays on Technology10thJessica WongConcord High School
Fashion Design8thPratyusha Gupta, Jen Marshall, Rachel Grunden, and Manisha YarlagaddaCaesar Rodney High School
Future Technology Teacher5thPratyusha GuptaCaesar Rodney High School
Manufacturing Prototype1stChristine Sauerbrunn, Stephanie Sauerbrunn, Steven Vanderloo, Jack Kersch, Jessica Wong, and Bridgette SpritzConcord High School
Prepared Presentation2ndBecky MarshallCaesar Rodney High School
Technical Sketching and Application2ndChristine SauerbrunnConcord High School
Technology Problem Solving6thRyan Hacker and Sarah ClarkLake Forest High School
Transportation Modeling3rdJessica HarrisSeaford Senior High School

Not only did Delaware show outstanding performance in the competitive aspect of the conference, but also for the American Cancer Society. TSA’s national service project is to support ACS by raising money for research and awareness. Mount Pleasant High School raised the highest amount of money for the ACS in the country: over $42,000! Delaware raised the third highest amount of money per capita in the nation.

After another successful National Conference, Delaware looks forward to next year’s thirty-third Annual National TSA Conference in Dallas, Texas!