Hello Tennessee TSA! My name is Eli Hicks and I’m a junior at Karns High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. I cannot wait to serve as your Vice President this year! When I walked into my first TSA meeting, I wasn’t quite sure what I expected, but I definitely didn’t expect to fall in love with the organization. TSA has allowed me to meet so many people from across the country and form friendships with people that I otherwise never would have met. It has given me opportunities to compete with my friends and make lasting memories.
TSA has truly transformed me from a shy, introverted person, to someone who practically never stops talking. Events like Chapter Team and Debating Technology Issues definitely helped me in this transformation. This year I want to focus on revitalizing chapters that were forced to shut down due to COVID. In addition, I hope to have a more hands-on Membership Committee that can help assist our members, advisors, and chapters. When I’m not in TSA, I can be found in my school’s band room, hanging out with my friends, or participating in any number of other extracurriculars.