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Student named state TSA secretary

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

Lily Newton has been named the secretary for the Alabama Technology Student Association.

Newton said she became interested in applying for the position while participating in the robotics class at LeCroy Career Technical Center.

“Mr. (Jay) LeCroy really encouraged me to just go for it,” Newton said. “We really didn’t expect me to get it because I was just a 10th grader at the time of the application and most of them are senior that get the positions.”

The application included writing paragraph answers to questions related to why she was interested in the position and her goals after high school.

When she received the email notifying her that she had been selected, she was “excited.”

“There aren’t many girls in the program, and they are really encouraging more girls to just be a part of it,” Newton said of TSA.

Newton is one of five high school students in the state that serve in leadership roles for the association.

The pandemic has made TSA meetings look a little different since being moved to a virtual platform. However, the group does plan to have and in-person meeting in December, and Newton said she is looking forward to meeting the other officers in person and spending time with them.

A rising junior, Newton hopes to attend Auburn University and study chemical engineering after graduation, then study pre-med and attend medical school.