2016-2017 Illinois TSA State Officers
President, Bryan Tripp, Glenwood High School
I am a senior at Glenwood High School and this is my sixth year in TSA. I had the privilege of serving as Illinois TSA Vice-President last year, and am honored to serve as the State TSA President this year. Aside from TSA, I am very involved in the band at my school and serve as a leader in my Boy Scout Troop that helped me achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. I am also continuing to serve as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America’s National Honor Society, serve as a National Honor Society officer at my school, and I also play drums at church. After graduation, I plan to pursue a business degree with an emphasis in music, and work with bands in a recording studio and music producer setting. This year, it is my goal as president to (a) increase participation in our Achievement Program and Honor Society; (b) increase communication between the state officers and local chapters; and (c) help prepare the next generation of state officers and leaders across the state.
Vice‐President, Daniel Bell, Glenwood High School
I am a senior at Glenwood High School, and I have been accepted to the University of Arizona Eller College of Management for Business Administration, where I plan to also receive a second degree in Real Estate. I have been a part of TSA for six years, and I believe it has afforded me to become a better leader and student. I am glad to serve as the Illinois State TSA Vice-President during this school year.
Secretary, Ami Patel, Bartlett High School
Ami Patel joined TSA three years ago, and she does not regret a moment of it. From the time she joined, she has loved the quick thinking and problem solving involved in the organization. In addition to her involvement in TSA, Ami is a member of the Bartlett High School Academy of Math, Science, and High Technology. She has used her passion for TSA to explore various fields of engineering and science.
Sergeant‐At‐Arms, Vaishnavi Babers, Bartlett High School
I am a senior at Bartlett High School. Apart from TSA, I am a varsity tennis player and take part in Health Occupation Student Association, Mock Trial, Spanish Honors Society, and South Asian Student Association. TSA has exposed me to the changing technology and a wide array of opportunities. Through the skills I have learned as a TSA member and now officer, I hope to expand Illinois TSA by making it a larger organization with more diversity. TSA has shaped me into a strong individual, and I hope I can give back to the community by doing the same. I want to make sure that TSA takes a stronger part in the National Competition by encouraging more students to participate. After I graduate, I want to take what I learned from TSA, and complete a double major in both Computer Science and Neuroscience.
Treasurer, Ivana Bozic, Bartlett High School
TSA has taught me to think critically and lead enthusiastically. I’ve loved serving as my Chapter’s Treasurer and Vice President, and I’m excited to study Biomedical Engineering next year, with the goal of one day becoming a medical researcher!
Reporter, Meghan Blenck, Minooka Community High School
This is my second year as Illinois TSA's State Reporter. I have served as Minooka High School’s TSA reporter for the past two years. I have been a member of TSA since entering high school. I serve as the Editor-in-Chief of Minooka Community High School's student newspaper, where I was inducted into the Journalism Honor Society (Quill and Scroll). I plan to attend Joliet Junior College and study photography, and then the University of St. Francis to major in communications and minor in history and education.