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.

Fall Leadership Conference Registration Now Open!


Registration is now open for the annual Colorado TSA Fall Leadership Conference, entitled “Leadership Rocks!” Students will learn, in an interactive, exciting and inspiring way how they can be leaders — regardless of age or experience. They will learn about the Five Pillars of Leadership:

  • Model the Way: Students learn to build credibility among their peers.
  • Inspiring a Shared Vision: Students learn how to develop a clear image of  possibility and what their chapter could become.
  • Challenging the Process: Students learn how to challenge the process and accept challenges before them.
  • Enabling Others to Act: Students learn how leadership is a team effort.
  • Encourage the Heart: Students learn how encouraging others is a hallmark of leadership.

L.E.A.P. Into Leadership

This year, TSA unveiled the new LEAP leadership development program! Students and advisors will learn how this program will affect their chapters, both in leadership development and as it relates to competitive events!


The cost to attend is $65 per person (students, advisors and guests), and includes training, lunch, tours of Coors Field and a ticket to the Rockies game vs. the San Diego Padres. Extra tickets for the GAME ONLY, they are available for $16. Parking for the game only is NOT included. Parking passes are available for $17 for lot A, and $15 for Lot B and can be purchased during registration. For information on bus parking, please contact Tony Raymond at


To register, please visit: Registration for the conference must be received by September 2. Payment can be made by credit card online during the registration process or by check. Checks should be made payable and sent to: Colorado TSA, 9101 E. Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230.

Dress Code

Dress for the conferences is casual attire. Students will be active and should wear appropriate casual clothing. Jeans, t-shirts and athletic shoes are acceptable.

For More Information

For more information, please contact Tony Raymond at or (720) 858-2794.

New motto adopted at national conference

At the 2016 National TSA Conference, a new motto was proposed and adopted by the membership. Within 60 days of the conference, the new motto for TSA shall be:


The prevailing thought was that the motto should be more reflective of the leadership nature of our career and technical student organization (CTSO). The change will be effective 60 days from the end of the national conference.

National Conference Huge Success for COTSA

The 2016 National TSA Conference, held June 27-July 2 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN,  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 had a number of chapters receive top 10 rankings and several students 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.


  • Biotechnology Design – Middle SchoolGoddard Middle School – 2nd place
  • CAD Foundations – Middle SchoolAilynn Duarte, Pleasant View Middle School – 7th place
  • Construction Challenge – Middle SchoolEuclid Middle School – 9th place
  • Digital Photography – Middle SchoolBeth Rossman, Euclid Middle School2nd place
  • Electrical Applications – Middle SchoolBrandon Baggett – Challenge School – 2nd place
  • Forensic Technology – Middle School The STEM School and Academy – 3rd place
  • Geospatial Technology – Middle SchoolThe STEM School and Academy – 8th place
  • Mass Production – Middle SchoolGoddard Middle School – 2nd place
  • Mass Production – Middle SchoolThe STEM School and Academy – 4th place
  • Mass Production – Middle SchoolEuclid Middle School – 10th place
  • Microcontroller Design – Middle School – Euclid Middle School – 1st place
  • Microcontroller Design – Middle SchoolThe STEM School and Academy – 5th place
  • Prepared Speech – Middle SchoolScott Spangler, Goddard Middle School – 1st place
  • Problem-Solving – Middle SchoolThe STEM School and Academy – 1st place
  • STEM Animation – Middle School – STEM Launch – 5th place
  • Structural Engineering – Middle School – The STEM School and Academy – 3rd place
  • System Control Technology – Middle SchoolThe STEM School and Academy – 4th place


  • Architectural Renovation – High SchoolMountain Vista High School – 2nd place
  • CAD 2D – Architecture – High SchoolKyle Bailey – Legend High School – 9th place
  • CAD 3D – Engineering – High SchoolBraden Moore – Grandview High School – 4th place
  • Career Preparation – High School Elizabeth Chengrian – Mountain Vista High School – 2nd place
  • Career Preparation – High School Connor Vogel – Castleview High School – 8th place
  • Chapter Team – High School – Grandview High School – 2nd place
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) ProductionSTEM High School and Academy – 7th place
  • Digital Video Production – High SchoolLittleton High School – 2nd place
  • Engineering Design – High SchoolMountain Vista High School – 4th place
  • Engineering Design – High SchoolHeritage High School – 7th place
  • Essays on Technology – High SchoolDhivya Sentil Murugan – 8th place
  • Extemporaneous Speech – High SchoolAdithya Basker – Grandview High School – 5th place
  • Promotional Graphics – High School Michal Bodzianowski – STEM High School and Academy – 3rd Place
  • SCIVIS – High SchoolSTEM High School and Academy – 5th place
  • Software Development – High SchoolPueblo County High School – 5th place
  • Software Development – High SchoolCastleview High School – 10th place
  • System Control Technology – High SchoolCherokee Trail High School – 6th place
  • Technical Sketching and Application – High School Braden Moore, Grandview High School – 3rd place
  • Technical Sketching and Application – High School Allan MacDougall III, Grandview High School – 7th place
  • Technology Problem Solving – High School Littleton High School – 1st place
  • Technology Problem Solving – High School Mountain Vista High School – 3rd place