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Congratulations, Edgar Brito Salgado

We are so proud of all the amazing Toppenish School District students and love to highlight their successes. This past month, we had an opportunity to interview Edgar Salgado about his journey to become President of the Washington State Technology Students Association Program. Read below for our question-and-answer session with Edgar.

What is your full name?

My name is Edgar J. Brito Salgado.

What is the TSA program?

TSA (Technology Students Association) is a Science Technology Engineering Art and Math-based Career and Technical Student-led Organization, where students can show off their skills in a variety of competitions such as Children's Stories, Coding, Engineering Design, Essays on Technology, Fashion Design, Music Production, On Demand Video, Photography, Robotics, and Video Game Design. These are only a few of the vast number of opportunities TSA offers students from 6th to 12th grade.

How did you get involved?

Initially, I heard about the program roughly three years ago from my friends and they persuaded me to join them in their robotics team.

How long have you been in the program?

I've been a part of TSA for three years now.

What types of things do you do?

In TSA I've competed in Fashion Design, Robotics, Photography, and On-Demand Video.

What do you like best about the program?

The community surrounding TSA is so friendly and welcoming to anyone.

How do you think this program will benefit you in the future?

Through TSA I've learned tons of personal skills like how to present in front of large crowds, and how to lead a team, and I have improved my overall confidence.

How does it feel to be selected as Washington State President of the TSA?

In my first year running for a position on the state officer team, I completely forgot my speech on stage in front of a crowd of nearly two thousand people. Then I found out that I was not elected to office, so I made it my mission to improve myself for next year. Throughout the following year, I was a part of the Washington TSA mentoring program where I was able to work one-on-one, with one of the state officers at the time. In these meetings, we worked on my public speaking skills as well as my time management skills. I contribute most of my success to the mentoring program. Then the time came once again to present my speech in front of the crowd and let's just say that the crowd erupted in applause once I was finished. Then the very next day right before it came time to announce the new 2024-2025 state officer team, one more award was going to be presented, the Ross Short Award. This was the highest honor a Washington TSA member could receive, and to my surprise, my name was called up to receive it, I was so grateful, and my hopes were lifted. Afterward, it was finally time to announce the new team, I was super anxious. One by one they called up my fellow candidates. Then came the position of vice president. I fully expected to get this position since I believed that the only returning officer would be elected as the president, but to my surprise, my name was not called for the VP position, and that's when I knew that all my hard work had paid off. I was the 2024-2025 WTSA state president. I can't express how grateful I am for this opportunity. Never would I have imagined that I, a migrant, low-income student would get the opportunity to serve an organization that has done so much for him.

What does it mean to be a state representative? What do you do?

The thousands of members in WTSA have entrusted me and my fellow officers with the leadership of this organization. It is my responsibility to understand the mission and goals of WTSA to represent them in our leadership activities, including advocating for support from state legislators. I will prepare to conduct and speak at various trainings and events throughout the year while working closely with our Executive Director behind the scenes to ensure successful events and conferences.

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to study mechanical engineering at the University of Washington and then finish my master’s in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I hope to land a job with NASA and make history by being a part of the team that gets the first people to Mars.