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Learning From Other States

The State Officer Team has held meetings with state officers from New Mexico and Texas TSA. Our goal was to learn about the numerous initiatives that these states pursue and to improve the experience of all PA-TSA members. We aimed to form relationships with other states and to bring back ideas to benefit the members of PA-TSA.

Quantum Supremacy


As 2020 finally comes to a close, many of us have been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve been longing for improvements in the pandemic relief efforts, like better tests or a viable vaccine. However, in our focus, we have missed some amazing innovations in technology. The MIT Technology Review has created a list of 10 technological breakthroughs in 2020 that will change the way our society functions. One of those breakthroughs is “Quantum Supremacy”.


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Completing Events Virtually

Working with a team while understanding their strengths and weaknesses is already hard enough, not to mention doing it all virtually. Completing events this year serves as a new challenge: how to work as a cohesive team while remaining remote. Remote TSA work will come with a larger learning curve and will test the extent you’re determined. It will require organization, relatively frequent meetings, and deadlines to be enforced.


Crafting Your Team Dynamic

Now that the TSA season is fully up and running, I assume you may be finding yourself organizing teams and beginning your events. This is often a stressful time for members; everyone knows the feeling of wanting to work with all your friends and the best members of your chapter. While some teams may appear to have a better dynamic than others at the start of the season, there are plenty of ways to ensure that your team will work well together. Having a good team dynamic will make it much easier to produce quality event materials—and you’ll have more fun doing it! 

Procrastination: The Thief of Time

Procrastination. We’ve all done it. In fact, you’re probably procrastinating right now! Wait, don’t go! I promise reading this will be worth your valuable time. So, why do we procrastinate? Why do we constantly put off studying for tests, working on homework, and, in our case, working on TSA events? According to science, people procrastinate for many different reasons: fear of failure, feeling overwhelmed, and a lack of motivation.


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Running Your Chapter Virtually

You’ve probably already heard this a million times ever since March 13, 2020. But, I’m going to say it again: This year is unlike any other. 

It all started with that two-week break from school, which then turned into three weeks. A couple months. A quarantined summer. And now, for many of us, virtual school. Almost every part of our lives has been impacted by COVID-19—school, athletics, vacations, extracurriculars, and even seeing our friends in person. But how is TSA going to be different this year, and how can you be better equipped to lead your chapter?

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Everything You Need to Know About Committees

Are you a dedicated PA-TSA member? Do you want to become more involved at the State level? If you answered YES, then please consider applying for a State committee.

Fall 2020 Update

Read the attached message for the latest information on PA-TSA conferences for the 2020-21 school year.
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President's Welcome

Hey PA-TSA! I hope everyone had an awesome summer and discovered new intellectual passions. While much remains uncertain this year, the State Officer Team has been working hard throughout the summer to make the most of this upcoming TSA season. We are excited to make your TSA experience even better!

PA Logo Design - modified competition

Given the cancellation of this year’s state conference, we were unable to run the PA-TSA Logo Design contest, which is how we determine the logo for the following year’s conference. In order to obtain the logo that will appear on next year’s promotional materials, we are going to run a significantly modified contest. Keep reading for contest details.

2020 Scholarship Recipients

The PA-TSA Board of Directors and the Scholarship Committee are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 PA-TSA Scholarships.
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Surveys & Polls

The State Officer Team is excited to announce a new communication initiative for all members and advisors: surveys and polls! We will post new surveys and polls on a regular basis. The State Officer Team would like to engage and interact with the membership by hearing from all of you. All of our surveys and polls will be focused on upcoming events and any general things to hear from the members.
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State Officer Blog: STATES! When’s that?

STATES! When’s that?

By: Elliot Ginzburg

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State Officer Blog: Surviving the School Year

By: Evan Grove

With TSA events kicking back into full gear, homework piling up, and college application deadlines rapidly approaching, the school year tends to be just a bit (no sarcasm intended) overwhelming. To add to the stress of TSA and classes, most of us are involved with numerous other organizations. For myself included, it can seem impossible to manage everything at times, but for those of you who feel stuck in this same boat, here are some of my honest tips to make the school year the best it can possibly be.

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State Officer Blog: TSA Is All About The Competitive Events

By: Elliot Ginzburg

We all join TSA for a reason. Perhaps we see posters advertising the competitive events, or we hear about the all-inclusive conferences. Whether you’ve experienced the former or the latter, or something wildly different, we have all experienced the dynamic culture of TSA. 

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State Officer Blog: Gaining Members

Welcome to the official unofficial start of TSA season! Although your state officer team, board of directors, and advisors have been working behind the scenes since the last Nationals in D.C., there’s a good chance that many of you have just begun to start thinking about the upcoming TSA season.

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President's Message: September 2019

Hey, PA-TSA! I hope everyone had an excellent summer and are having a great transition into the new school year. While TSA season might just be warming up for you now, the State Officer Team has been working hard all summer and we’ve made huge strides on some exciting initiatives!

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States Post Conference Survey

Hello PA-TSA members, advisors, parents, alumni, and volunteers! Please complete the 2019 PA-TSA States Post Conference Survey to let the incoming State Officer Team as well as the Board of Directors know what you liked and disliked about this year’s competition!

Click here to access the survey.

2018 Business Meeting Minutes

The regular annual business meeting of the Pennsylvania Technology Student Association came to order at approximately 8:05 PM on April 20, 2018 in the Exhibit Hall at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, PA, with President Francis Chalissery being in the chair and Secretary Maddy Okkerse being present. All officers were present and a quorum was established. The minutes from the 2016 and 2017 Annual Business Meetings were announced to be available and published on No corrections were offered and both minutes were approved as posted.

State Officer candidates for 2019-2020

The list of State Officer candidates for 2019-2020 is now available. Read their campaign statements online, and come prepared to meet them at the state conference.
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State Officer Blog: A Big-Picture Perspective and The Growth of Chapters

With the State conference quickly approaching, everyone’s focus is understandably on the frenzied completion of events. However, there is also incredible value in taking some time to look at TSA from a larger perspective and consider just how we might individually factor into the progress of our organization as a whole.

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State Officer Blog: Using LEAP To Your Advantage

Let’s be honest. None of us love LEAP. There is a wide gamut of opinions about to what extent different individuals agree with it, but the general consensus of TSA members seems to be one more of dissent rather than support.

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Jefferson University Scholarship

Jefferson University has been a supporter of PA-TSA for many years and is now giving senior PA-TSA students an opportunity to receive a $15,000 renewable scholarship upon enrollment to Jefferson University in the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, or the College of Architecture and the Built Environment programs. The Deadline for enrollment is April 1, 2019. More information can be found here -

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PA-TSA Online Town Hall!

Attention PA-TSA members, parents, and advisors. This year, the State Officer Team is hosting an online Town Hall event. At the event, students will be able to ask questions about running for state office as well as ask the officers questions or give suggestions to the PA-TSA leadership team. It will be a awesome opportunity to learn more about our organization and have your voice heard!

State Officer Blog: National Service Project


As many of you know, TSA’s National Service Project is the American Cancer Society. In Pennsylvania, we have held a reputation of being the “fundraising pros” because of the impressive effort chapters put into raising money. However, in the past year, members have reached out to me with interests in getting involved with ACS fundraising. In this post, I will provide some fundraising tips, as well as opportunities to be recognized for your outstanding efforts!


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