National Conference Results

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The 2017 National TSA Conference, held June 21-25 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL,  featured the work of nearly 8,000 of the best and brightest students in STEM education. When the dust had settled from the multi-day competition, Colorado TSA chapters had several top 10 rankings and a number of individuals and teams earn recognition as the top three in the nation. Below is a listing of the results for Colorado TSA chapters. You may view the complete listing of events here.


  • CAD Foundations – Middle School – Tyler Jones, Pleasant View Middle School – 4th place
  • Career Prep – Middle School – Sarah Coleman, STEM School and Academy – 8th place
  • Digital Photography – Middle School – James Barnes, Laredo Middle School – 1st place
  • Dragster – Middle School – Zachary Conrad – The STEM School and Academy – 9th place
  • Geospatial Technology – Middle School – The STEM School and Academy – 5th place
  • Inventions & Innovations – Middle School – Euclid Middle School – 9th place
  • Medical Technology  – Middle School – The STEM School and Academy – 10th place
  • Structural Engineering – Middle School – Pleasant View Middle School – 6th place
  • System Control Technology – Middle School – Euclid Middle School – 9th place


  • CAD – Architecture – High School – Alex Walz, Cherokee Trail High School – 9th place
  • CAD – Engineering – High School – Ryan Hamilton, Overland High School – 9th place
  • Chapter Team – Written – High School – Matthew Fox, Grandview High School – 5th place
  • Coding– High School – Heritage High School – 10th place
  • Dragster Design – High School – Tyler Perez, Cherokee Trail High School – 7th place
  • Future Technology Teacher – High School – Samantha Riebling, Littleton High School – 10th place
  • Music Production – High School – Legend High School – 9th Place
  • Photographic Technology – High School – Ian Philben, Legend High School – 1st place
  • Prepared Presentation – High School – Alec Yagey, Mountain Vista High School – 5th place
  • Software Development – High School – Castle View High School – 1st place
  • Structural Design and Engineering – High School – Mountain Vista High School – 7th place
  • Technology Bowl – Oral – High School – Heritage High School – 5th place
  • Technology Bowl – Written – High School – Clint Hemphill, Heritage High School – 7th place
  • Webmaster – High School – Legend High School – 1st place


The results for the 2017 National TSA State Conference can be found here:


Volunteer Opportunities List

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

– Winston Churchill

As part of every TSA Chapter’s Program of Work should be a strong commitment to a community service project. To that end, the Colorado TSA State Officer Team has put together a list of volunteer/community service opportunities for chapters that may be looking for a project in which to participate. The list is located here: and can be accessed using the links at the left under Chapter Support and Resources.

The list will be updated as opportunities arise. If your chapter needs some help finding a community service project, check out the list. If your chapter already has a project, and just needs a little more help, then let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

Remember, as Albert Einstein once said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

Bastian Selected as COTSA Advisor of the Year

Congratulations to Bobbie Bastian, the TSA Advisor at Bollman Technical Education Center, who was recently named Colorado TSA Advisor of the Year for 2017.

Mrs. Bastian was selected from a highly competitive field of advisors. Her nomination from student Benjamin Cleary said, “When it comes to TSA, Mrs. Bastian, TSA comes before sleep.  There have been many late nights that we have worked in her class room to finish our projects.  She never says no when we ask to work on our projects and makes sure all students have the resources to get to where they need to be and to complete their projects.  She is always there for us.”

Mrs. Bastian has been a TSA advisor since 2012 and has been involved in a number professional development activities for her peers including teaching classes at the United States Air Force Academy through the Challenger Learning Center.

Additionally, Mrs. Bastian volunteers her time at numerous events for the Adams 12 Five Star School District, and has “done everything in her power” to provide her students the opportunity to experience the state and national conferences for TSA, even to the point of participating in fundraisers. “When had our cash wash fundraiser,” said Cleary, “she was right alongside us washing every car that day.  She also has taught us to be grateful for the contributions given to us.”

In addition to receiving her award at the state conference, Mrs. Bastian will be recognized at the TSA National Conference in Orlando, FL, in June 2017.