Learning about TSA
For our first meeting, we brought in Tony Raymond who is the state adviser for TSA (http://cotsa.cccs.edu/) to provide us with an overview of the student organization and let us know what is all involved with opening up a chapter. As an added bonus, Tony brought with him four of the TSA state officers, so our students could learn first hand from other students about the organization and competitions.
We started out learning that we would need to setup a leadership committee of students to take charge and lead our chapter. Fortunately, a few students have already expressed interest in taking on leadership roles. We learned about the leadership training events that are coming up, and the Fall Leadership Conference at Coors Field sounds like a great learning experience as well as a lot of fun -- ending with a Rockies game.
Next we learned about holding meetings, keeping track of minutes, advertising the chapter, and maintaining membership. We also learned about financial leadership activities to raise the funds needed to do the events and completions and community service to share what we are learning with others. There's many things to keep track of, but the students seemed interested and undaunted by the details. We got this!
Then the fun started as we learned about the 70 different events that are available for students to compete in during the February, 2019 TSA State Conference. There is an impressive variety of events with something that piqued the interest of everyone attending. The list was varied and included:
- A Coding Competition
- Technical Debate and Topical Speeches
- Video Production and Animation
- Photography and Music
- Design Challenges
- and more...
All this and more ... everyone left with their fill of ice cream! Many thanks to Tony Raymond and the state officers that helped kick off our first meeting.
What's Next?Our next steps will to be to meet as a group of those interested in taking on a leadership position in our TSA chapter and then start planning our first meeting to be run on our own. One thing I noticed was that most of the students were upperclassmen and an order of business is to start advertising and recruiting more freshmen and sophomores.
I am looking forward to an eventful and fun first year in TSA!