Whew! We made it through another competition season. This year has definitely seen its highs and its lows. Thankfully more of the former and less of the latter. I would like to take a minute as we slow down and catch our breath to thank each of you for participating in TPSA. Regardless of how long you have been a member of TPSA, your presence has been noticed, and your contributions have helped fuel the overall success of our organization. I hope that as you reflect on the events from the past year you find that the regional and state conferences were a positive and beneficial experience for you. I understand that each advisor and competitor experiences a vastly different journey through TPSA. I would like for you to share your journey with me through the annual survey that you will receive in a separate email next week. It is only through your feedback that we can grow and become a better organization for all of our stakeholders.
Advisors, the next two sections are for you.
In addition to the aforementioned survey I would like to personally invite you (advisors) to review the competitive event rubrics for your area of interest before you leave for summer break. The more input we receive from experienced individuals such as yourself, the more closely we will be able to align our events with industry standards for next year. This alignment of events with industry standards will create opportunities for our students that far exceed what they can receive from any other career technology student organizations. You can find information on this in our previous emails, https://tpsa.info/comp-review-email
Are you tired of the status quo and feel like you want to take a more active role in TPSA? Visit the about tab on our website to see the exciting opportunities we have available. Disregard the posted deadlines as they have passed, and we still need you on our team. Postings will be available until the positions are filled. Do not delay, if you are interested in one of the position please apply soon. Have you visited the about tab, and not found a position that peaks your interest? Do you have an idea for a position within TPSA that we do not have already? Send me an email so we can start a conversation. I am always looking for individuals who can help make TPSA the best CTSO available to our students.
Students, you are why I do the work that I do. It brings me great joy to see your faces light up as you cross the stage and accept your scholarships and awards. I am like a proud family member watching as you take your very first leadership role in front of hundreds of people and push aside your fears of public speaking. I am still in awe of our amazing students who shared their talents with us during State Opening Ceremonies. In high school, I would never have had the guts to stand on stage and present the colors, sing the national anthem, or play the saxophone in front of a thousand people. Thank you. You know, TPSA is nothing without our student participants, and that is why we are diligently working to provide more opportunities for you to hone your leadership skills and get involved. Did you have fun at the state student-led events, like the movie night or social? You could help in the planning of these amazing activities at future events. Interested in journalism? We are starting a student newsletter next year. Your articles could be sent to students across the state. Calling all student actors and actresses: we will be using student board members to film important training videos for our judges and volunteers. Please check out our student leadership positions that will be posted on our website in the coming weeks. In reality, who knows our student participants better than the participants themselves? We want you on our team. Join us!
As I close out this letter, I would like to thank you again for your valuable time and contribution to the success of this organization. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or feedback regarding the conferences that is not addressed in the annual survey. Enjoy the rest of your school year, and I wish you nothing but the best.