Deborah King, Essay Winner
Each year TCRA sponsors a scholarship for court reporting students. Students may participate in the program by writing a short essay. The student scholarships are awarded to deserving students each year at our Annual Convention. This year we had some great essays submitted from several students. It is so inspiring to read their essays and to hear the passion and enthusiasm in their words.
Deborah King is our 2014 recipient of the Tiffany Brosemer Student Scholarship Essay Contest. Congratulations, Deborah!
Read Deborah's essay below.
"Why I Want to Be a Court Reporter"
Why in the world do I want to be a court reporter?! Trust me, this is a question that I have asked myself many, many times in the years since I began school. There have been times over the last four years when I have been so close to quitting, just throwing in the towel, because I have not progressed with my speed as quickly as I had hoped. Like countless other court reporting students, I have had times of frustration, exasperation, and oh so many tears.
It is during these times that I sit down and have a heart-to-heart with myself about why I would want to continue on a path that is so very difficult, so skill-oriented, that very few actually see the end. Ultimately, it comes down to passion. I have developed a passion for steno over the past four years. Albeit a love/hate relationship, it is a strong relationship nonetheless. I know this because, at those times where I become frustrated and force myself to take a break from the machine, I absolutely cannot stop thinking about it. When I am reading or watching TV, I find myself constantly thinking about how I would write that word in steno or telling myself to make a mental note of a difficult word for future reference.
When I am on my machine practicing or testing, I feel at home. My skill is not nearly at the level I would like it to be, but the process of developing that skill and seeing the progress is addictive to me. The feeling of having passed a test is like no other. My family and friends are happy for me, but they cannot truly understand my elation of passing one test when I have failed hundreds before.This passion for steno is what keeps me going down this path - that and the knowledge that, once I attain my speed and pass my certification, I will be part of an elite group of court reporters, captioners, and CART providers who have all traveled down that same path and made it. Over the last four years, I have realized that ultimately it does not matter how long it takes you to get down the path, as long as you do not get off. The reward at the end will be worth the work it took to get there.
Lori A. Wells, TCRA President
To the outgoing board members, I want to offer my gratitude to each of you for all the time, effort and talent you invested into the success of this association. It is because of selfless individuals such as yourself that make this association strong.
Next, I want to express how much I enjoyed convention. It was great seeing all the smiling faces and experiencing the comradery that was taking place. The annual convention is always a special time to connect with fellow court reporters and have fun earning those continuing educational units that we all need for licensure. Great job, Convention Committee
I am proud to be the president of this wonderful association, and I look forward to working hard for you.
The Tennessee Court Reporters Association (TCRA) was founded in 1949. Our association is a volunteer organization made up of an Executive Board and, also, comprises two Directors from each of the three divisions of our state.
Per our current bylaws:
The members of this Association shall strive to establish and maintain a proper standard of proficiency in the profession of court reporting, to establish and maintain a proper standard of professional ethics, to promote friendly interaction and good feeling among the members of the Association, to promote enactment of just and equitable laws upon the subject of court reporting, to protect the public against the imposition of incompetent and unethical court reporters, and to promote by all proper and lawful means, and consistent with the public interest, the legitimate interests of professional court reporters in the State of Tennessee.
Tenn. Code Ann. § 20-9-604 established the Tennessee Board of Court Reporting (TBCR). According to the TBCR website: Beginning July 1, 2010, court reporters must be licensed to engage in court reporting in the state of Tennessee. This board will issue court reporter licenses, conduct disciplinary inquiries for ethical violations, ensure completion of continuing education requirements and maintain a registry of court reporters.
Your TCRA Board has always and will continue to bring our members the most current and up-to-date court reporting information and news available as we receive it. As our members are aware, our avenues of communication are varied: annual conventions, regional seminars, e-blasts, website, quarterly newsletters, Facebook page, and Twitter! Our state association can boast and be proud that we are one of the few state associations in the country that is so technologically advanced.
The TBCR was established to prescribe the qualifications of court reporters and to issue licenses to persons who demonstrate their ability and fitness for the licenses. If anyone has a question about licensure, continuing education guidelines, reporting guidelines, inactive status, or reporter complaints, your questions must be directed to the TBCR.