Technology Student Association

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Technology Student Association
Technology Student Association Emblem.svg
Motto "Learning to live in a technical world."
Formation 1978
Type Youth organization
Legal status Non-profit organization
Headquarters Reston, VA
Region served
 United States
2,200 (Chapters)
Official language

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is an international student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as business education.TSA aims to develop leadership, academic, and technological skills in the workplace among students and leaders within the community. TSA’s membership includes over 245,000 middle and high school students in 2,200 schools spanning 49 states, making it the second largest CTSO club.


Competitive events are separated into middle school and high school levels, with students competing only with their respective age group. Competitions take place at the local, state, regional and national level. A component of leadership is often entailed in events at both levels, with some events being devoted to leadership (such as the Leadership Challenge).

All TSA competitions are correlated with national science, technology, engineering and mathematics ans business standards. Expert judging by technology educators and industry representatives inspires the best from participants. Members are rewarded not only with medals or trophies, but also with memories of the camaraderie and the challenge of a TSA conference. Sample middle school events include Agriculture and Biotechnology Issues, Career Prep, Electronic Gaming and Go Green Manufacturing. High school events include Animatronics, Computer Aided Design (CAD)and Desktop Publishing. Visit for a complete list of the TSA competitions. .[1] Scores are out of 100 points and based upon a nationally developed rubric. Winners are chosen based on these scores. In many events, finalists (top 10) move onto a second round of competition which usually involves an interview with the judges about the project. First, second, and third place winner are awarded a trophy at the national level.[2]


TSA became an independent organization in 1978, when AIASA Inc. was formed to oversee the activities of the American Industrial Arts Student Association. Between the foundation of AIASA as an independent organization (it had formerly been a part of the American Industrial Arts Association) and 1988, the association grew and began to take shape.[3]

In 1988, the AIASA changed its name to the Technology Student Association as part of a shift in focus from industrial arts to mainstream technology. This action followed a similar name change by the Texas state delegation the previous year. In 1989, the official logo,submitted by a chapter advisor, was adopted. In 1990, the logo received a trademark from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.[3]

Today, the Association has grown to include over 200,000 members in 2,000 secondary schools across 48 states.[1] It has established an Honor Society, manages numerous competitive events and has partnerships with several organizations.

TSA's Mission Statement: The Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts through co-curricular activities, competitive events and related programs.


The levels of TSA are national, state, and local with a unified membership structure. Local chapters, established by advisors and students in schools with technology education programs, are led by a group of officers. Students at the local level work on projects and compete at local, state and national conferences.

State associations are led by a team of state officers, sometimes called an executive council. TSA State Advisors oversee the state delegations. State officers are usually elected by voting delegates from each state chapter.

On the national level, The TSA, Inc. Board of Directors leads the association. The national staff administer programs as decided by the TSA, Inc. Board of Directors and a six-member national officer team supports these efforts and represents them to the membership. The national officers are elected by voting delegates from each chapter during the annual national TSA conference. The six National Offices are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter and Sergeant-at-Arms. These offices form the basic core of most local and state teams, although others have been added in some cases.

State, national and local conferences offer members a chance to compete in various competitive events and attend leadership building events. General Sessions involving a keynote speaker, awards ceremonies, and service project activities are common.

Program Initiatives[edit]

Junior Solar Sprint – A national STEM based program empowering teachers, mentors and other community members to engage 4th – 8th grade youth in designing, building and racing model solar cars.

TEAMS – (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) – An annual one-day competition for students in middle and high school that allows them to apply their knowledge and skills in STEM to solve issues facing our global society.

TSA VEX Robotics Competition – An engaging competition platform through which students are exposed to the latest in robotics education, and concurrently, to opportunities that will further their knowledge in STEM areas. The TSA VEX Robotics Competition is made possible through funding from VEX Robotics, Inc.

UNITE – A four to six week summer program, funded by the U.S. Army Research Office, encouraging high school students to pursue engineering careers. Through hands-on activities and team-based learning, students explore the connections between math, science and real-world applications.

Verizon Innovative App Challenge – Middle school and high school students use their STEM knowledge, their ingenuity, and their creativity to come up with a mobile app concept that meets the needs of their school or community. The goal of the challenge is to provide an engaging and empowering learning experience to increase student interest and knowledge in STEM and mobile technology fields.

Additionally, TSA has a service partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), which are parts of their National Service Project. TSA members raise money to promote advocacy and research in the ACS, and the ACS issues Spirit of Service awards at each national conference. In the past, conferences have hosted Relay for Life events on site.[4]

Incumbent National Officers[edit]

Office Incumbent State
President Kelsey Stoner Virginia
Vice President Jack Crawford Georgia
Secretary Sofia Atzrodt Florida
Treasurer Cesia Flores Texas
Reporter Chirag Agarwal Pennsylvania
Sergeant-at-Arms Trevor O'Connor Texas

Past National Officers[edit]

Year President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Reporter Sergeant-at-Arms
1979 Jeff Short (OK) Randy Ryskamp (VA) Ashley Dennis (AL) Tammy McClure (TX) John Goldfinger (AL) Richard Trott (AL)
1980 Rick Saucier (LA) Melissa Ann Webb (GA) Richard Trott (AL) David Milne (AZ) Robin Brewer (AL) Scott Shook (OK)
1981 Chris Hoffman (NJ)
1982 Jenny Robichaux (LA) R. Scott Buckman Spencer Martin Boggs Chris O'Halloran (TN) Jola Murphy Dan LaFountain (CT)
1983 Dan LaFountain (CT) Mark Powers (VA) Stephen Schlabs (TX) Joanna Kearney (NJ) Liz Esslinger (KS) Bryan Wallace (TX)
1984 Mark Powers (VA) Jon Speier (TX) Martha Ann Bonner (GA) Jeff Buck (MO) Christopher Morgan (MS) Rich Halke (NJ)
1985 Robert Stokes (OK) Nell Tracey (CT) Kim Waters (TX) David Joslin (OK/MO) Matt (AZ) George Munn (VA)
1986 George Munn (VA) Sterling Sutton (OK) Emily Wise (VA)
1987 Emily Wise (VA)
1988 Adam Zakarian (PA)
1989 Curtis Sheets (VA) Carolyn Cole (KS)
1990 Chris Beuershausen (TX) Quang Le (DE)
1991 Quang Le (DE) Lori Whitson (TN) Jeri Anne Boswell (TN) Guy Cecil (FL)
1992 Guy Cecil (FL) Tonya Vandergriff (TN)
1993 Tonya Vandergriff (TN) Kevin Thigpen (MS) Kala Blake (OK)
1994 Kevin Thigpen (MS) Renee Razor (KY) Devere Day (UT)
1995 Devere Day (UT) Tasha Fields (GA) Brooke Davis (WV) Clark Case (KY) Delta Joesy (OK) Heather Stokely (TN)
1996 Brooke Davis (WV) Heather Stokely (TN)
1997 Matthew Zimmerman (OK)
1998 Bart Slabberkorn, Jr. (TN) James Coleman, Jr. (VA) Jennifer Shipley (TN) Snehal Desai (PA) Vasilios Pournaras (NH) Drew Ewbank (OK)
1999 James Coleman (VA)
2000 Katrina Miller (TN)
2001 Misti Lamb (FL)
2002 Casey Wiggins (OK) Morgan Maddox (VA) Jenniferanne Broido (FL) Jeremy Roberts (KS) Megan Denny (IA) Lavoncia McGee (MS)
2003 Michael Ward (OK) Doug O'Reagan (SC) Mary Warner (FL) Alfonso Dager (FL) Matt Stan (PA) Jessica Chandler (MS)
2004 Amy Groner (TN) Kimberly Jungermann (OK) Georgia Varlan (TN) Kim Eubanks (OK) Lynsey Stuart (TN) Brandon Walters (MS)
2005 Bradley Jennings (OK) Kevin Brackett (MO) Chelsea Galen (TN) Katy Galambos (TN) Emily Hutto (CO) Allen Jordan, Jr. (MS)
2006 Katy Galambos (TN) Allen Jordan, Jr. (MS) Claire Hanchey (TN) John Semmens (WV) Trevor Filter (CO) Trenton Kissee (OK)
2007 Trenton Kissee (OK) Claire Hanchey (TN) Krystin Lovejoy (OK) Tristan Hudson (OK) Robert Kosarowich (PA) John Semmens (WV)
2008 K.C. Cushman (TN) Alyssa Gomez (TX) Andrea Tucker (AL) Michael McKnight (NC) Landon Bunch (OK) Stanley Wyre II (GA)
2009 Eric Dixon (TN) Adam Knecht (KY) Raya Taylor (NC) Rayleigh Lei (NY) Peter Andrews (DE) Obadiah Galley (NC)
2010 Peter Andrews (DE) Evan Ticknor (FL) LeAnn Yadon (OK) Zachary Barnes (NC) Adam Knecht (KY) JaMichael James (AL)
2011 Zachary Barnes (NC) Austin Tatum (TN) Pratyusha Gupta (DE) Julie Davis (TN) Chip Bollendonk (CO) Chris Collins (OK)
2012 Pratyusha Gupta (DE) Austin Vest (GA) Ashlee Shryock (OK) Chip Bollendonk (CO) Marie Sabillo (AL) Jason Dreyzehner (VA)
2013 Dhruv Pillai (PA) Trevor Dixon (TN) Kathleen Capdesuner (FL) Kaitlyn Beans (AL) Tess McNerlin (VA) Gus White (TN)
2014 Sanjay Koduvalli (IA) Sri Nimmagadda (WA) E.B. Bollendonk (CO) Sai Nimmagadda (WA) Hughston May (AL) Melissa Haslebacher (WV)
2015 Steven Stokes (MO) Leigh Anne Hamlin (GA) Laura Wilson (GA) Jay Son (TN) Joshua Mathew (NC) A.C. Williams (GA)

Notable alumni[edit]

National Conference Locations[edit]

Year Host State Location Hotel/Conference Center
1979 (as AIASA) Same as location Memphis, Tennessee Holiday Inn & Convention Center
1980 (as AIASA) Same as location Gatlinburg, Tennessee Park Vista Hotel and Convention Center
1981 (as AIASA) Same as location Tulsa, Oklahoma The Camelot Hotel
1982 (as AIASA) Same as location Norfolk, Virginia Holiday Inn & Convention Center
1983 (as AIASA) Same as location Houston, Texas Shamrock Hotel
1984 (as AIASA) Same as location Knoxville, Tennessee Tennessee Amphitheater
1985 (as AIASA) Same as location Orlando, Florida Orlando "Twin Towers" Hotel
1986 (as AIASA) Same as location Wichita, Kansas Ambassador Hotel
1987 (as AIASA) Same as location Baton Rouge, Louisiana unknown
1988 Same as location Downingtown, Pennsylvania Brandywine Hotel and Resort
1989 Same as location Winston-Salem, North Carolina unknown
1990 Same as location Corpus Christi, Texas unknown
1991 Same as location Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa Convention Center
1992 Same as location Richmond, Virginia unknown
1993 Same as location Nashville, Tennessee unknown
1994 Same as location Orlando, Florida Orange County Convention Center
1995 Same as location Chicago, Illinois Hyatt-O'Hare Regency
1996 Same as location Louisville, Kentucky Galt House Hotel
1997 Same as location Washington, D.C. Hilton Towers
1998 Same as location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Downtown Doubletree / AJ Palumbo Conference Center
1999 Same as location Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa Convention Center
2000 Same as location Atlanta, Georgia Hyatt Regency Atlanta
2001 Same as location Richmond, Virginia Greater Richmond Convention Center
2002 Same as location Denver, Colorado Adams Mark Denver
2003 Same as location Orlando, Florida Rosen Centre Hotel
2004 Same as location Nashville, Tennessee Gaylord Opryland
2005 Same as location Chicago, Illinois Sheraton Chicago
2006 Same as location Dallas, Texas Adams Mark Dallas
2007 Same as location Nashville, Tennessee Gaylord Opryland
2008 Same as location Orlando, Florida Rosen Shingle Creek
2009 Same as location Denver, Colorado Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
2010 Delaware Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Convention Center / Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor / Hilton Baltimore Hotel
2011 Same as location Dallas, Texas Gaylord Texan
2012 Same as location Nashville, Tennessee Gaylord Opryland
2013 Same as location Orlando, Florida Rosen Shingle Creek
2014 Virginia/Maryland Washington, D.C. Gaylord National
2015 Texas/Oklahoma Dallas, Texas Gaylord Texan
2016 Same as location Nashville, Tennessee Gaylord Opryland

State delegations[edit]

Delegation Year Chartered President Website
Alabama 1978 Chandler Bise Alabama TSA
Alaska TBD
Arizona 1978 Arizona TSA
Arkansas 1985 Arkansas TSA
California 2013 Samantha Yang California TSA
Colorado 1987 Braden Moore Colorado TSA
Connecticut 1979 Connecticut TSA
Delaware 1978 Michael Canning Delaware TSA
District of Columbia TBD
Florida 1979 Molly Sun Florida TSA
Georgia 1978 Trevor Terry Georgia TSA
Hawaii TBD
Idaho 1978 Idaho TSA
Illinois 1978 Illinois TSA
Indiana TBD Indiana TSA
Iowa 1983 Iowa TSA
Kansas 1978 Jade Cole Kansas TSA
Kentucky 1988 Chase Wagers Kentucky TSA
Louisiana 1978 Louisiana TSA
Maine 1990
Maryland 1986 Sandra Sandeep Maryland TSA
Massachusetts 1989 Massachusetts TSA
Michigan 1990
Minnesota 1979
Mississippi 1979 Mississippi TSA
Missouri 1979 Will Lynch Missouri TSA
Montana 1991 Montana TSA
Nebraska TBD
Nevada TBD
New Hampshire 1981 New Hampshire TSA
New Jersey 1997 New Jersey TSA
New Mexico 1978 New Mexico TSA
New York 1979 Sharon Lin New York TSA
North Carolina 1979 Javonate Williams North Carolina TSA
North Dakota 1997 Logan Volk North Dakota TSA
Ohio 1978 Ohio TSA
Oklahoma 1978 Kelsey Bart Oklahoma TSA
Pennsylvania 1978 Olivia Crocker Pennsylvania TSA
Rhode Island 1991
South Carolina 1983 Ryan Van Wyk South Carolina TSA
South Dakota 1990
Tennessee 1978 Blake McKinney Tennessee TSA
Texas 1978 Uwa Ihionkhan Texas TSA
Utah 1987 Melissa Longhurst Utah TSA
Vermont 1978
Virginia 1978 Erin Sullivan Virginia TSA
Washington 1984 Haeley Johnston Washington TSA
West Virginia 1978 West Virginia TSA
Wisconsin TBD
Wyoming 1982 Wyoming TSA
Germany 1978 Germany TSA
Scotland 1982
Turkey Turkey TSA

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Our Story". Technology Student Association. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Competitions". Technology Student Association. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  3. ^ a b "History". Technology Student Association. 1995-04-24. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  4. ^ "National Service Project". Technology Student Association. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 

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