State Advisor Update Feb 2017

Here is an overview of LEAP and its three tracks.
  • Competition Engagement - TSA members complete a LEAP resume, which shows leadership activities and experiences connected to specific competitions and leadership categories. (HIGH SCHOOL level only for the 2017 national TSA conference in Orlando.)
  • LEAP Legacy Chapter - TSA chapters compete by demonstrating their involvement in leadership activities with the goal of becoming a national winner at the national TSA conference.  Cash prizes are awarded for the top three chapters on the national level.
  • On-site leadership training based on the Student Leadership Challenge - approximately 2000 TSA members who attend the national TSA conference will have the opportunity to participate in free training sessions. 
Below is some verbiage that you can send to your chapters or post in your state delegation media channels:
LEAP Legacy Chapter is a great opportunity for your chapter to show off its leadership skills, compete against other chapters from around the nation, and win a cash prize for your school. Only ten middle school and ten high school LEAP Legacy chapters from across the country will be selected to advance as national semifinalists and participate at the national TSA conference in Orlando, Florida. Electronic portfolio submissions are due no later than March 30, 2017. Learn more about LEAP Legacy Chapter and how to submit your chapter’s portfolio at
Here is a LEAP Legacy Chapter flyer  to share with chapter advisors to promote the program.  
If you have any questions about LEAP, please contact lhaitz [at] (Lynda Haitz)<!--target="_blank"-->, LEAP program manager, at lhaitz [at]<!--target="_blank"-->
As spring competitions approach, now is a great time to remind your TSA members about MyTSA, the free digital platform for TSA members to catalog and save their TSA and LEAP milestones. MyTSA makes it easy for student members to track their leadership activities and update their progress while preparing for upcoming competitions.
Be sure to promote this valuable free resource for TSA members.
TSA Store
The TSA Store has a new look! Click here to check out the updated official TSA store, and share the link with your chapter advisors. 
National Officer Candidate Program
Serving as a national TSA officer provides an outstanding opportunity for young TSA leaders who have successfully served their state and are now ready to use their leadership abilities nationwide. Please click here to learn more about the National Officer Candidate Program.

Applications for national TSA office are now available to interested and qualified TSA members.

If you know current or past state officers (still in high school) who you believe would be excellent candidates for national office, please ask them to contact sorr [at] (Suzy Orr)<!--target="_blank"-->.
Junior Solar Sprint
Thank you for your continued support of the Junior Solar Sprint program. Online registration for JSS is now open.

Please remind and encourage your middle school chapter advisors to do the following:
  • Complete the required online registration using this link:
  • All students, parents, volunteers and chapter advisors should complete the online registration
  • Provide a list of JSS participants competing in your state conference to Sue King at sking [at]<!--target="_blank"-->
Please contact JSS Program Manager, sking [at] (Sue King)<!--target="_blank"-->with any questions.


Thank you to all TSA state advisors who are promoting TEAMS in their state. Over 80 TSA chapter schools have already registered 175 teams of students to compete in the 2017 TEAMS competition - and registration remains open through early March. TSA advisors can take advantage of a 30% discount by using the code 2017TSA when they register on the TEAMS website.
Event Coordinators Needed
Currently, there are open competitive event coordinator positions for the upcoming national TSA conference.  Please consider recommending a chapter advisor from your state who you believe would be interested in serving as an event coordinator for national TSA.  Here are the coordinators needed:
MS Chapter Team
MS Construction Challenge
MS Environmental Engineering
HS 3D Animation
HS Biotechnology Design
HS Essays on Technology
HS Music Production
Keep in mind that high school teachers may fill middle school coordinator positions, and middle school teachers may fill high school coordinator positions. Competitive event coordinators receive a complimentary national TSA conference registration (a $100 value). 
For more information, please contact vvo [at] (Vickie Vo)<!--target="_blank"--> at the national office.
National TSA Dress Code
Here is a link to the National TSA Dress Code that is posted on the TSA website.  Be sure to encourage your chapter advisors to share the dress code with their members in preparation for upcoming state and national competitions.
Competition Updates
Remember to check  for High School and Middle School competition updates on the TSA website under Competitions/Competition Updates.