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2016 WTSA State Conference Success

posted Apr 5, 2016, 11:58 AM by Jennifer Smith   [ updated Apr 5, 2016, 12:59 PM ]
The Washington TSA State Conference is complete.  Held on March 31-April 2, 2016 at the DoubleTree SeaTac hotel, this was our largest conference to date, with 828 participants. The conference kicked off with a keynote presentation from David Edward Garcea. David encouraged the members to start with their attitudes, and change them from negative to positive. He also encouraged members to overcome obstacles, and strive for success.

Throughout the conference students competed in 61 competitive events at the Middle and High School level.  From Engineering to Robotics to Video Game Design to Leadership and much more these students delivered strong performances.  With industry professionals and advisors acting as judges, the students received valuable feedback as they explored and prepared for careers.

Students had the opportunity to explore their future at the annual WTSA Education Fair in which 13 post secondary programs were represented. From apprenticeships to community & technical college to four year universities, students had the opportunity to learn more about the variety of paths available to them after high school.  TRI-Leadership provided a series of leadership training workshops that members took part in to further develop their leadership and employability skills. 

One of the highlights of the conference was the Election of the 2016-17 WTSA State Officer team. WTSA would like to congratulate the newly elected officers:
President: Nadia Smith, Goldendale High School
Vice President: Jessica Arellano, Wahluke High School
Secretary: Benjamin Crosby, Burlington-Edison High School
Treasurer: Koto Durkee, AC Davis High School
Reporter: Margarita Romero, Sunnyside High School
Sergeant at Arms: James Ponce, Sunnyside High School

All in all it was a great conference, and we look forward to next year.  Please be sure to join us March 16-18, 2017 for the 34th Annual Washington TSA State Conference at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, WA.