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TSA sponsor at Hampton recognized for efforts

| Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 12:42 p.m.

Vince Kuzniewski has worked to build the Technology Student Association in Hampton High School and the region, and his efforts are being recognized by the state association.

The Pennsylvania Technology Student Association recognized Kuzniewski, the TSA sponsor at Hampton, with the Klaich & DeAngelis Award at the Pennsylvania Technology Student Association Regions 1 and 6 High School Leadership Conference in January for his service as a TSA adviser.

“Vince is just one of those people where if you ask him he says, ‘Yes.' That's what he is; he is our go-to person,” said Laura Hummell, president of the state TSA board of directors.

“Without people being excited about TSA, we wouldn't exist.”

The Technology Student Association is a national organization of middle and high school students and encourages interest and competition in science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts. The award is named for two Ambridge High School teachers who started TSA in the western Pennsylvania region, which includes regions 1 and 6 and now has 30 to 50 active chapters involving 300 to 500 students. Kuzniewski started the TSA group at Hampton High School in 2005, which has grown to about 80 members.

Hummell said Kuzniewski's growth and development of the Hampton High School TSA club has led to three Hampton students holding office positions on the state TSA board. Jennifer Arnold held the office of secretary shortly after TSA formed at Hampton High School. Katherine Chen held the office of secretary in 2009-10 then was elected president the next year. Victoria Lee currently holds the position of vice president.

“We have had some outstanding leaders from the students there (Hampton High School),” Hummell said. “That really speaks to his leadership.”

Kuzniewski said he was surprised by the award and honored by the recognition.

“It's for our kids,” Kuzniewski said of his service. “I had great mentors when I was growing up who gave a lot of their time, and you have to give back.”

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