Learning to Lead in a Technical World


Diana Acuna

Finally the moment everyone had anxiously been waiting for. Everyone was quiet as they awaited the new Texas TSA officers to be announced. Sitting there waiting to find out who it would be felt like time had stood still for an eternity. Suddenly, the conference leader began, “And our 2019-2020 State Treasure is…..Gowri Rangu!!!!!”

Sophomore Gowri Rangu was elected Texas TSA State Treasurer during the state conference in Fort Worth this past April.

“I was really grateful and happy when I was elected Treasurer,” Gowri said. “It gave me the ability to represent Texas TSA and to give back to the organization.”

As State Treasurer, Gowri is not only in charge of helping organize meetings, but also keeping track of the financial records of the organization. She also oversees the budget for the upcoming year and makes it easily accessible to the rest of the members throughout the state.

“I am in charge of the National Service Project which is a fundraiser whose funds all go to the American Cancer Society,” Gowri said. “Last year we raised about 20,000 dollars, but my goal this year is 25,000.”

Not only has TSA helped her learn to manage budgets and fundraisers, but it has allowed her to learn how to work in groups and talk in front of people.

“It’s easy to get frustrated with each other, so it really gave me the opportunity to learn to be patient when working with a team and the other officers,” Gowri said. “Learning to listen to each other to be able to work together to be able to lead is really what it is about.”

This summer, Gowri was able to meet with her fellow officers and  compete in the national conference in Washington D.C.

“I’m really glad we went to nationals because it gave me the opportunity to connect with people all around the world with a common interest as me,” Gowri said. “I had a lot of fun meeting new people and making new friends.”

As a chapter, Longview High School left nationals with the top two spots in the event of prepared presentation.

“This year, I plan on doing many more events,” Gowri said. “I will do chapter team, board game design, extemporaneous speech, and debating technological issues.”

Gowri is proud to represent her school at the state level and to be part of changing the world one step at a time.

“I am prepared to be a part of something bigger than myself and to learn to live and to lead the other members in a technological world.”