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2021-2022 State Officers

President: Sahil Maher

Hi New Jersey TSA! My name is Sahil Maher and I am your NJ TSA State President. I am currently a junior at Freehold Township High School, and this is my sixth year in TSA. I’ve attended five state and two national conferences and have placed in events such as Debating Technology Issues, Leadership Strategies, STEM Animation, Community Service Video, and TEAMS. TSA has become a large part of my life, and I am ecstatic to contribute all I can to our state organization. Outside of TSA, I am a swimmer and a lifeguard as well as volunteer with the American Red Cross and CentraState Medical Center. My goal for our delegation is to ensure that we all stay connected, informed, and innovative no matter what adventures we might have to face. It is my humble honor to be your 2021-2022 NJ TSA State President and I can not wait for a successful year ahead!

 Vice-President: Harrison Adler

Hi NJ TSA! My name is Harrison Adler and I am the 2021-2022 State Vice President! I am a senior at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, with this being my fourth year in TSA. I have done events in Video Game Design, Music Design, and Cybersecurity, going to Nationals in 2019! Over the last 3 years, I have undertaken more and more responsibility and have become more and more involved in TSA. It is extremely important to me to assist Sahil in running the board the best I can. Besides TSA, I am involved in volunteering at food banks in coordination with my school, and I love music, video games, and drawing! I cannot wait to do the best job possible this year with the committee!

Secretary: Olga Garyaeva

Salutations! My name is Olga Garyaeva, and I am New Jersey’s State Secretary for the 2021-22 school year. It is my third year in this program, as I am a junior at Freehold Township High School. My TSA experience includes competing in Debating Tech Issues, which I can admit is not much – but I am elated to try new events to challenge myself and do something new. I have gotten so involved in TSA because of the supportive and collaborative community TSA creates – I have become in love with the challenging design problems that force your brain to be more creative and think outside the box. So I am thrilled to be on the board to hopefully create opportunities for current and future members of TSA to experience the beautiful aspects and community of this program. 

Other clubs I participate in include DECA, Film Club, STEM for Students, the National Latin Honor Society, and Red Cross. Outside of school, I am passionate about weight lifting, sprinting, and mountain biking and my favorite sport is Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Regarding what role I contribute to the State Board – I take notes during meetings and make them accessible to everyone on the board – I can assure you that I am an excellent note-taker, and I will not disappoint! Thank you for taking the time to read through my bio, and I look forward to a fantastic year together :)

Treasurer: Aspen Tabar

Hello NJ TSA! My name is Aspen Tabar and I am thrilled to serve as your 2021-2022 state Treasurer! I am currently a senior at Clearview Regional High School and this is my third year participating in TSA. Over the past three years in TSA, I have been able to meet new friends, advance my knowledge in STEM, and win awards! Last year while serving as my chapter President, I placed top 10 at Nationals competing in my favorite events, Music Production and Engineering Design. Outside of TSA, I play competitive ice hockey and participate in Latin Club, Mental Health Awareness Club, and Math League. This year, I am beyond excited to work with my fellow state officers and to ensure a productive, unified, and especially fun year! Go NJ TSA!

Sergeant-At-Arms: Michael Tepperman

Hi New Jersey TSA! My name is Michael Tepperman, and I’ll be serving as your State Sergeant-at-Arms for this next school year. I’m currently a Junior at Biotechnology High School, and I’ve been a member of TSA for three years. In this time, I’ve competed in a variety of competitions, and placed in the state in both the Webmaster and Geospatial Technology competitions. TSA is very important to me, and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to play such an active role in its affairs. I’m looking forward to competing in Geospatial Technology again this year, as well as helping to plan the State Conference. Outside of TSA, I’m an active member of my school’s Academic Team, as well as my school’s Student Government Association. In my free time, I like to practice guitar, work out, and read. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to make this year in TSA the best it can possibly be, and I hope to see you all at the State Conference!

Reporter: Gavin Corley

Hello NJ TSA! My name is Gavin Corley and I am your State Reporter for the 2021-2022 school year. I am a senior at Clearview Regional High School, and this is my 3rd year in TSA. I believe TSA is great because you can express your creativity in a variety of ways. Other than TSA, I participate in club and high school soccer, student council, and math league. We as state officers have been eager to start the year off well, and have excellent plans for the upcoming months. I am excited for this year of TSA, and I hope you are, too!

Historian: Khushi Patel

My name is Khushi Patel and I attend the Marine Academy of Science and Technology. I am holding the position of Historian for the 2021-2022 NJ TSA Board. My job entails maintaining records of minutes, photographs, articles, newsletters, listed honors of members, conference information, and gathering content for our website and social media. I first joined TSA as a freshman in high school and over the years I have found myself becoming increasingly involved in the club. Not only do I love competing in TSA’s events, but also I have a deep appreciation for the inconceivably adroit individuals this club allows me to associate myself with. Outside of TSA, I play field hockey, work as a lifeguard, dance, and dedicate my time toward service. My goals this year include creating a clear line of communication between the chapters and the state officer team, developing professional accounts for all TSA events, and strengthening our advertisement capabilities to bring TSA closer to a household name. I look forward to having the opportunity to initiate change within our state and make this a memorable year for all of you. 

Parliamentarian: Sutej Upadhyaya

Hi New Jersey TSA! My name is Sutej Upadhyaya and I am the 2021-2022 State Parliamentarian. I am a junior at Colts Neck High School, and this is my fifth year in TSA.  I have done events such as Dragster, Mechanical Engineering, and Video Game Design. Outside of TSA, I do clubs that are JSA, Deca, Science League, and Free the children. I also volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, and the American Red Cross.  Some of my interests are Taekwondo and biking. Over the years I have learned many skills, and have become more responsible throughout TSA. I am thrilled about the new year and hope we can all have a great time!

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