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Hampton advisor earns national honor

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Vince Kuzniewski and the Hampton High School Technology Student Association chapter are receiving national recognition for their contributions and efforts in the organization.

Kuzniewski received the National School Advisor of the Year award for his contributions to the Technology Student Association, or TSA, at the 36th annual National Conference, in Washington D.C., from June 27 to July 1.

“I was, wow, happy,” Kuzniewski said about receiving the award.

Dennis Gold, the Pennsylvania TSA facilitator, said he nominated Kuzniewski for the award because of his work with the Hampton High School chapter and within the region and state.

“He is very conscientious and does a good job,” Gold said. “He's an outstanding advisor.”

Gold, who oversees 159 TSA chapters in the state, said Kuzniewski helps with regional and state conferences, guides other students as they improve their skills through TSA and helps promote the organization.

“He is just a real nice guy who is willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it,” Gold said.

Kuzniewski said advising Hampton High School's TSA chapter takes time, but he thinks TSA is one of the best programs to offer students real life scenarios to improve skills they can use when going into a career.

“I've been doing this for a little over 10 years, and it's a lot of work, but the reason you do the work is for the kids,” Kuzniewski said.

At the conference, Erica Evans, an incoming senior, and Victoria Lee, former TSA vice president for the state, who will enroll in Carnegie Mellon University in the fall, participated in the On Demand competition.

More than 150 teams had 48 hours to create a 60-second video using a water bottle and shoelace, the required props, and one required sentence to be used in the script.

Evans and Lee placed 10th in the competition and credit Kuzniewski with supporting their work.

“He lets us figure out how to make things work, and he lets us learn techniques,” Evans said.

When the students decided to take the video in a different direction and create a minute-long horror film, Kuzniewski supported them.

“He helped us out so much and is really encouraging,” Evans said. “He would literally do anything to help us get our On Demand video done, go out and buy props. He went to the store to buy burlap (for the voodoo doll used in the video). … I feel he is really dedicated to the students.”

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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