TSA Turns 40 at 2018 Conference

Atlanta, GA—Approximately 8,000 middle and high school student members from across the country attended the 2018 National Technology Student Association Conference on June 22–26 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta—where TSA held its first national conference in 1978.

 In “A Celebration of Success,” TSA marked 40 years of enhancing personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through intracurricular activities, competitions, and other programs. More than 250,000 TSA student members are “learning to lead in a technical world.”

Winners were announced in:

The 2018–2019 national TSA officers are:

  • President Alexander King, G.W. Carver High School, Columbus, GA
  • Vice President Isabella Eleogo, Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School, Montgomery, AL
  • Secretary Audrey Garoutte, Carl Junction High School, Carl Junction, MO
  • Treasurer Emma Hopson, Arapahoe High School, Littleton, CO
  • Reporter Ben Abt, Harriton High School, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Ashley Stokes, Carl Junction High School, Carl Junction, MO

The keynote address featured Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA, the leading non-profit trade association for the global technology industry. In “Innovation Waves: Past, Present, Future,” he announced new efforts by CompTIA to help increase the presence of TSA in schools across the country. TSA has partnered with CompTIA’s NextUp initiative, managed by Creating IT Futures, to interest teens in information technology (IT) careers.

Leadership speaker James Coleman, Jr., is a Harvard University alumnus, but he told conference attendees that it was as a TSA member that he received his most valuable education. Coleman shared his experiences—from teaching to launching startups—and encouraged student members to utilize their TSA skills to achieve their dreams.

Leadership speaker Shannon Huffman Polson—formerly of Guidant and Microsoft; author; and one of the first women to fly Apache combat helicopters in the U.S. Armed Forces—spoke on “Attaining Your Goals.” "Drill down to you core," Polson declared. "The only good use of increased power is the increased responsibility to take care of your people."

The 2019 National TSA Conference, “Model the Way,” will be held June 28–July 2 at Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor near Washington, D.C. For more information on TSA’s year-round impact on the next generation of innovators and leaders, see tsaweb.org.

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