State Officer Blog: Get Ready for States, NOW

What’s Up PA-TSA!

Before I begin, I would like to congratulate everyone who participated in one of the various PA-TSA regional conferences in the last month! I hope your hard work paid off and you are getting ready for the state conference!

State Officer Blog: Procrastination

Dear Procrastinators,

Many people see me as a doer; however, I suffered from the same virus as everyone else: procrastination. I have spent a lot of time finding other things to do instead of my math homework or whatever it may be that night. I make lists. I clean my room again. I scroll through the same social media feed without even reading any posts. I suspect coming up on our Regional Conferences many of us have or will pull all-nighters. For anyone like me who finds themselves procrastinating a little more then they’d like, here are some tips….

State Officer Blog: Go Beyond TSA

The truth is that TSA just isn’t enough.

Let me be clear: this is by no means a criticism of TSA—in fact, it is a dear appraisal of it.

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State Officer Blog: The Spectrum of Academic Interest

      When it comes to extracurriculars and academic exposure outside of the school setting, we may often find ourselves as students questioning the extent to which we can apply the skills we’ve learned from these experiences to areas outside of the realm from which they originate.

State Officer Blog: Advancing Our World

Nearly two million years ago, humans created stone tools to help them in their everyday life. Now in the year 2018, and we have sent an electric car into space. Technology is changing the way we perceive the world; it changes the way we communicate, interact, and impact our society. As members of the Technology Student Association, we need to continually create new inventions & innovations for the betterment of society.

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State Officer Blog: Effectively Streamlining Communication

December entry for State Officer Blog by Sergeant at Arms Joshua Famous.
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State Officer Blog: Using TSA Skills in the Real World

After pouring countless hours into our events, it can be difficult to see how the skills we’ve used will actually carry over into our real lives. I sometimes find myself internally asking things like “What is the plan of work log legitimately contributing to my project?” or “Why do we have to waste time writing LEAP resumes when we could just say all of these things in an interview?” The connection between seemingly arbitrary tasks and making real change in the world can seem blurry.

State Officer Blog: Our Retreat

A weekend camping trip to Sinnamahoning, Pennsylvania is a PA-TSA State Officer Team tradition. Teams have gone to Mr. McConahy’s cabin for their fall leadership retreat since 2010. On this trip, our team was able to bond, create content for social media and continue planning the 2019 State Conference.

State Officer Blog: Get Involved!

Get Involved!

There are many things that I look forward to at the beginning of the TSA season. There is that new energy and sense of optimism regarding competitive events, but there are also new opportunities to make a difference in the community. Being engaged and involved in my community is one of my favorite aspects of TSA.

State Officer Blog: TSA & Science Fair

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics all come together in one class at my school: Science Fair. TSA is very similar; the root of all TSA projects is curiosity. Picking my event for the first time, I had no clue what any of it meant yet. However, I found Go Green Manufacturing and Prepared Speech extremely interesting. This curiosity, and the curiosity in research, is the key of discovery.  My curious nature always loved to test little theories of mine.

Welcome to the Blog!

Hey PA-TSA! Welcome to the student officer blog! This year, we are excited to announce that we will be switching from the PA-Post format to a blog. Throughout the year, we will be uploading posts about TSA topics, like highlights, events, and ideas for your chapter. As the school year progresses, we hope that you will continue to check out the blog. Posts will be updated at least twice a month and will cover a plethora of different topics written by officers. 

Resolution for 2018 Business Meeting

Below is a proposed resolution that has been reviewed by the PA-TSA, Inc. Bylaw committee.  The Resolution is properly formatted and submitted to the student membership for consideration at the April 2018 Business Meeting.  

Whereas, In the most answered poll on, 85% of voters answered that they were in favor of adopting a team award in PA-TSA, where the top chapters based on event placements receive an award; and

2017 Business Meeting Minutes

Attached are the minutes of the 2016 and 2017 Business Meetings. Both will be considered for approval at the 2018 Business Meeting.

State Officer candidates' statements for 2018-2019

18 student candidates are running for 6 elected and 2 appointed officer positions for 2018-2019. See this article for the candidates’ names and campaign statements for the 6 elected positions.

Mechanical Engineering - project safety verification

Per Regulation G of the competitive event guidelines, Mechanical Engineering requires a project safety verification sheet to be included in the project documentation. For the upcoming PA-TSA State Conference, please use the attached form to complete this part of the project.

President's Message: September 2017

Greetings, PA-TSA! I hope you all enjoyed your summer and are making a smooth transition into the school year. While summer has unfortunately ended, there is one thing to look forward to: the start of the TSA season.

Student Committees for 2017-18

Have you ever wanted to make an impact on PA-TSA at the state level? If so, you should apply for one of PA-TSA’s five Student Committees! Participation in a committee offers a wide variety of benefits including the opportunity to interact with state-level leadership and get involved with statewide initiatives.

2016 Business Meeting Minutes

Attached for review are the minutes from the 2016 annual PA-TSA Business Meeting.

Super Smash Brothers Survey

If you are considering competing in the Super Smash Brothers Tournament at states, please take a moment to fill out this brief survey!

State Officer Candidates for 2017-2018

State Officer Candidate Statements 2017-2018

Google Hangouts With the Officers

This year, the state officers will be holding two Google Hangout sessions open to all members. One will be about running for state office while the other will be a general discussion-based hangout about the state conference. Sign up here:

New Committee and Application Update

The new National Service Project Committee is seeking a member to serve as Vice Chair! More information in the full post. Also, there is still time to join any of PA’s other committees! Applications are open through November 1st. Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the chair, but applying by the deadline is strongly encouraged.

Committee Applications 2016-17

PA-TSA offers four committees open to any members interested in gaining state leadership experience: Membership Committee, Communications Committee, Corporate Outreach Committee, and Green Committee. Applications are now open! Advisors: Be sure to let your motivated students know about this opportunity to lead TSA at a higher level. Students: If you are willing to dedicate some of your time to leading PA-TSA, consider applying for a committee!

2016-2017 State Parlimentarian

We are pleased to announce that the newly elected officer team has chosen a Parliamentarian. With much consideration, the Board of Director Members, felt that the students who applied before the state competition were qualified for the position and that the newly elected officers needed to revisit those candidates and choose from those candidates only.

Boiling Springs High School wins 2016 Inspiration Award

Boiling Springs High School won the 2016 PA-TSA Inspiration Award for its outstanding community service projects.


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