June 28 - July 2, 2009
This year’s national conference took place at in the beautiful Mile High City of Denver Colorado at the Sheraton Denver Hotel and the Colorado Convention Center. The Sheraton Devner is located on the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall in the heart of downtown Denver, near lots of great shopping, restaurants, and activities. The hotel is three and a half blocks from the Colorado Convention Center, within walking distance of the Denver Art Museum and the State Capitol, and just minutes from the Pepsi Center. Students also enjoyed an outdoor all-season heated swimming pool, sauna, and state-of-the-art fitness center. WV TSA students had opportunities to visit the beautiful surrounding Colorado mountains.
The conference took place over a five-day period from June 28th-July 2nd. West Virginia TSA members flew to Denver. Most arrived around noon on June 28th and immediately began exploring the hotel, pools, game-room and Denver attractions. Our first night began with the mixer, where we exchanged pins with 48 other states and danced the night away.
Competition started bright and early the next day, and continued fast and furious for the next three days. We had a few evenings off, and advisors planned trips for students to more Denver attractions.
Among general sessions, competitions, trips, and great food, students had a great time! By the end of the conference, everyone was exhausted! West Virginia was proud to have 12 finalists and two trophy winners!