COTSA State Officers Start “Fleece for Fighters” Community Service Project

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The 2015-16 Colorado TSA State Officer team is embarking on an exciting service project called Fleece for Fighters. Their mission: to create fleece-tie blankets for pediatric cancer patients at Children’s Hospital.

But they need your help! There are three ways your TSA chapter can participate:

1. You can make blankets! This is what the State Officers would really like to see! They are challenging each TSA Chapter to make at least two blankets in their school colors! The chapter that creates the most blankets and/or donates the most material will be recognized at the 2016 COTSA State Conference. Don’t know how to make a fleece-tie blanket? Here’s a link to a YouTube video showing you how to make the blankets. Each blanket requires approximately 3 yards of fabric which can be obtained from any fabric store/department.

2. You can donate money! If you don’t have the time to make the blankets, you can donate money to purchase the supplies by going to the project’s GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/fleeceforfighters. All the proceeds from the campaign will be used to purchase material to make the blankets.

3. You can donate supplies. If you don’t want to make the blankets yourselves, you can simply donate fleece material (each blanket takes approximately 3 yards of material to create). If you donate materials, please contact Mr. Raymond, the COTSA State Advisor, at 720-858-2794 or tony.raymond@cccs.edu and he will come pick up the materials from your school.

For more information on how you can join the State Officers in their campaign to bring a little comfort to the lives of brave children fighting a devastating illness, please contact the COTSA State Advisor at tony.raymond@cccs.edu or at 720-858-2794.

Fall Leadership Conference Slated for December 11!

Come join Colorado TSA on December 11, 2015 at Pepsi Center for the 2015 Fall Leadership Conference, “Nuggets of Leadership”! Students will learn, in an interactive, exciting and inspiring way how they can be leaders ‐‐ regardless of age or experience. They will learn about:

  • 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 organization 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.

The cost of the “Nuggets of Leadership” conference is $70 per person (students, advisors and guests). If you would like to purchase extra tickets for the GAME ONLY, they are available for $22. Parking for the game only is NOT included. Parking Passes are available for $8 and need to be reserved by 11/13/15.

To register, please visit our fall leadership conference registration website. Registration for the conference must be received by November 13. Registration after November 13 will incur a $5 late fee for a total of $75 per person. Checks and late registrations must be received by November 20th. Payment for the “Nuggets of Leadership” can be made by credit card online during the registration process or by check.

The dress code for the conference is casual attire. Students will be active and should wear appropriate casual clothing. Jeans, t‐shirts and athletic shoes are acceptable. For more information, please contact: Tony Raymond, COTSA State Advisor, at (720) 858‐2794.

COTSA Members Earn Top Marks at National Conference

It was a very successful year for Colorado TSA at the 2015 National Conference! We had several outstanding showings by our students. Here’s a listing of the results:

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Mountain Vista High School – 2nd Place – Architectural Renovation
  • Tim Fromme, Grandview High School – 5th Place – CAD 3D Engineering
  • Braden Moore, Grandview High School – 7th Place – CAD3D Engineering
  • Madison Tenney, STEM High School and Academy – 3rd Place – Career Preparation
  • Grandview High School – 5th Place – Chapter Team
  • Legend High School – 10th Place – Digital Video Production
  • Grandview High School – 10th Place – Engineering Design
  • Luke Favret, Castle View High School – Photographic Technology
  • Claire Liu, Mountain Vista High School – Promotional Graphics
  • Cherokee Trail High School – 10th Place – SCIVIS
  • Cherokee Trail High School – 8th Place – Technology Bowl – Oral
  • Michael Whittaker, Cherokee Trail High School – 2nd Place – Technology Bowl – Written
  • Mountain Vista High School – 4th Place – Technology Problem-Solving
  • Heritage High School – 10th Place – Technology Problem-Solving
  • STEM High School and Academy – 4th Place – Video Game Design

MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • Karenna Naherny, The STEM School and Academy – 4th Place – Career Prep
  • Nicole Fast, Goddard Middle School – 10th Place – Career Prep
  • Sarah Coleman, The STEM School and Academy – 9th Place – Communication Challenge
  • Kathryn Naherny, The STEM School and Academy – 8th Place – Dragster

Congratulations to all of our competitors! What an outstanding performance!