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.
Based on the decision of the TSA National Board of Directors, the official dress for the 2014 National TSA Conference will include the official blue shirt. This goes into effect for the 2014 national conference only. This will not include the 2014 Kentucky State TSA Conference. Your students will not be penalized for not wearing the official blue shirt at this conference.
August 30, 2013
On behalf of your 2013-2014 TSA State Officer team, I would like to welcome you back to another great school year. As we kick off this school year, we celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our TSA students this past summer at the 2013 National TSA Conference in Orlando. Kentucky was well represented and our students were acknowledged for their efforts during the awards ceremonies during the conference. The winners are listed in this email. Our congratulations go out to all of our competitors. We continue to set the bar high for Kentucky TSA!
We are already making plans for the 2014 National Conference in Washington, DC on June 27-July 1, 2014. We will be staying at the Gaylord National Hotel which is a brand new property within minutes of the sights and sounds of downtown Washington. The theme for this year is “The Spirit of Innovation”. I hope that you will begin making plans now for this exciting opportunity for both advisors and students.
For those of you who are new to TSA, let me take this opportunity to welcome you and explain about our organization. The Technology Student Association is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in technology. Open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 180,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 47 states. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities and much more. The diversity of activities makes TSA a positive experience for every student. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with a positive influence on their lives.
By affiliating with TSA on the national website, you will receive access to TOTAL TSA which will give you valuable information for starting a chapter, leadership lessons and competitive event guidelines all in one convenient location. The affiliation information can be found in the “Manage My TSA” section of the website. This information will be very helpful in planning your chapter activities and preparing for competitions in the spring.
National TSA has curriculum integrated membership options for 2013 which include three programs. The red chapter affiliation program (Red Cap) which means if a chapter affiliates up to ten members by paying a flat fee (additional members may be added during the year for a fee). The membership fee for red cap is $90 at the national level plus state dues. The White Cap program is a chapter affiliates eleven or more members by paying a per member fee for state and national dues. The membership fee is $9 per member at the national level plus state dues. Blue chapter or Blue Cap chapters affiliate an unlimited number of members in a school for a flat fee (typically effective when there are more than 25 members). This option is popular in chapters where students rotate through a STEM class for a portion of the year to enable all students to be members. The membership fee is $350 at the national level plus state dues. Kentucky TSA dues are included in the national dues and are $5.00. Kentucky TSA has direct affiliation with the national TSA office, which requires that all membership dues (state and national) are sent directly to the national office. Your membership must be received by February 1 to be eligible for voting privileges at the state conference.
On the state level, your 2013-2104 state officers began their year in July at the National TSA Conference. They will be having an officer work day in November to prepare their work plan and goals for the year. The officers want to continue to update the website and make information available to chapter officers and advisors on a regular basis and to make themselves available to chapters as needed to assist with recruitment of new members. They will be communicating with you by email and with their fall newsletter to give you updates on their progress at their work session.
Our Kentucky TSA State Conference will be held April 21, 22 and 23, 2014 which is a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville. This will be our last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for a few years. I know this is inconvenient for some of you but we are doing our best to rectify this in the future. There will be rooms available for those chapters who want to come in on Sunday evening. Please feel free to contact any member of the 2013-2014 Executive Committee. We want to be here to assist you in any way.
The officers have prepared some additional flyers to help you get your chapters started and they are attached to this email. In addition, you will find a letter from our State President, Ethan Russell and a national conference report from our State Historian, Katelyn Rice. Here you will find the results of the 2013 National Conference.
We apologize for the lack of current information on the Kentucky TSA website. We are going through some changes with regard to the website and we hope to have it up to date in the next few weeks. We will also be putting updated conference forms as well as other important dates to the organization on there as they become available.
Have a great year and welcome back KENTUCKY TSA!
2013-2014 Kentucky TSA State Officers
State President Ethan Russell Shelby County High School
State Vice President Lexi Arnold Franklin County ATC
State Secretary Michael Head Southern Middle School
State Treasurer J.T. Henderson Boyle County High School
State Historian Katelyn Rice Collins High School
State Reporter Samantha Bruce Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
State Sergeant-At-Arms Nathan Hale Franklin County ATC
National TSA Week!!!
National TSA Week is October 7-11, 2013! This is a great opportunity for your chapter to showcase your activities and accomplishments to your school and community.
Please send pictures and stories about your TSA activites for this week. You just might be our next story. Please send to