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The Road to Success

Recently, student members of the Technology Student Association (TSA) met in Nashville, Tennessee to compete in 60 technology based competitions and participate in leadership sessions at the National Leadership Conference. Approximately 4,500 student members and chapter advisors from across the country attended the competition and conference. TSA members prepared throughout the year to compete in the events, based on principles and concepts learned through hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) projects.

The theme of the conference was “The Road to Success.” The conference kicked off with a keynote address given by Katy Galambos, former national TSA president, Yale graduate, who currently works for Google. Katy encouraged students to work hard and that anything is possible.

The 60 competitive events included Agriculture and Biotechnology Design, Design Technology, Construction Renovation, Video Game Design, Dragster Design, Engineering Design, Flight Endurance, Music Production, and Structural Engineering. More than 100 TSA VEX teams participated in this year’s championship.

Utah TSA student members participated in the 60 technology based competitions, with 32 students placing in the top ten in 18 different events. This year’s TSA conference champion in the VEX Robotics competition was Syracuse High School. Syracuse High School continues to excel in the robotic competition. This is Syracuse High second year in a row to take the conference champion trophy.

At the conference two chapter advisors were recognized for their dedicated efforts as TSA advisors in their chapters. Joseph Black, TSA advisor at Lehi Jr. High, was named the TSA Middle School Advisor of the Year and Timothy Feltner, TSA advisor at Layton High School, was named the TSA High School Advisor of the Year. “Both of these advisors work hard to make their chapters successful. We are grateful for their hard work,” says Mike Smoot, TSA state advisor.

TSA is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in Technology and Engineering classes in grades 7-12. TSA fosters personal growth, leadership training, career development, teamwork, community service, competitive events, and student recognition. Students learn problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills as they relate to communications, power, energy, transportation, engineering, manufacturing, construction and biotechnology. There are over 180,000 TSA members nationwide in 48 states. Utah has over 3,000 members in 42 chapters. Learn more about TSA at http://www.tsaweb.org/ and http://www.utahtsa.org/.

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