Jacobs elected to TSA statewide office

Jacobs elected to TSA statewide office
Posted on 05/09/2019
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Sam Jacobs is busy.

The Nacogdoches High School junior is a member of the drum line for the Golden Dragons Marching Band (one of 10 instruments Sam can play) and is heavily involved in career and technical courses at NHS, part of his full schedule of classes.

Now Jacobs is about to be on the go that much more. Last month he was elected as Texas vice president of the Technology Students Association, a statewide organization that promotes students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It’s the first time a student from NHS has been elected as a statewide officer with TSA, said CTE instructor James Mason.

In April, 26 TSA students from Nacogdoches High School finished third overall as a team at the state competition in Fort Worth. Jacobs was one of four NHS students winning first place with projects displayed at the conference.

It was in Fort Worth where Jacobs won election as vice president. His victory came a year after falling short in an attempt to be elected as secretary of the statewide organization.

“I learned from those mistakes,” said Jacobs.

He completed a written candidate statement beforehand then worked the state conference to secure support for his candidacy.

As vice president, Jacobs will work with other officers to plan the TSA State Leadership Conference that takes place next fall. The 2019-2020 officers will also work towards the state conference for next spring, when the next election and competition will take place.

“It’s an incredible honor for Samuel to be elected to statewide office with TSA,” said Nacogdoches High School Principal Dr. Rom Crespo. “We’re extremely proud of him along with the entire TSA program at our school.”

Jacobs targeted statewide leadership early.

“When I joined TSA, the first thing I did was go to the state leadership conference,” he said. “Seeing the officers on stage conducting the general conference really appealed to me. I wanted to be one of the guys up on the stage.”

This summer, Jacobs and TSA students from NHS will attend the 2019 National Conference in Fort Washington, Md.

Jacobs still has his senior year to go at NHS, but he’s locked in on what’s next. He plans to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M, be a member of the school’s Corps of Cadets then be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army.

In fact, he’s already joined the U.S. Army Reserve. “I’m starting early,” Jacobs said, “and getting a head start before I go to college.”

Mason, a CTE teacher at NHS, praises Jacob’s work. “His projects are top of the line,” he said.


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