Become An Officer

Note: Applications for becoming a State Officer for 2020-2021 have been updated and extended until Friday, April 3. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these unprecedented times and work to come up with alternate procedures for the PA-TSA State Officer Team.  All information is outlined below.

Campaign Materials 

  1. Electronic signatures or email affidavits will also be accepted for the State Officer Candidate Endorsement Form.  We recognize that outside signatures (advisor, principal and/or superintendent) may be difficult to obtain with schools closed.  Any issues with obtaining signatures please contact Mrs. Evans at sevans [at]
  2. On-line Application 
    1. A current “head shot” as a JPG of TIFF file
    2. A 250 word statement of why you are interested in this position 
    3. The picture and statement will be shared on the PA-TSA website for review by members
  3. Video
    1. Please submit a maximum of 2 minutes video submission of your candidate speech.  These will be compiled and shared on the PA-TSA website. Your video should be shared via Google Drive to sevans [at]
    2. Please submit a 15 second video clip - this should introduce yourself and say your campaign slogan (if applicable).  
    3. The video submissions are due by Monday, April 6. 
    4. This will be in place of the Thursday evening candidate speech session.  Keep in mind your speech needs to focus on your campaign and best explain why you would be the best candidate for the elected position.
  4. Q&A Session
    1. The current SOT (non returning officers) will host a Q&A session with all candidates via Google Hangout.  The exact date and time of this will be announced ASAP but will take place during the week of April 6 - 10. 
    2. This will be in place of the Thursday evening Q&A session following the Candidate Speeches.

Election Procedures

  1. Information regarding election steps will be emailed to all Chapter Advisors.  
    1. This will include identification information for 2 electronic log ins.  
    2. Voting Delegates will be given this information from their Chapter Advisor. 
    3. Any questions or issues with log in information and electronic voting procedures should contact Chris Miller at clmiller [at]  
  2. Voting Delegates will need to sign in using provided log in information between Tuesday, April 14 and Friday, April 17.
  3. Elected positions will be announced by the current SOT members on Friday, April 17. 

Historian and Parliamentarian Positions

  1. All candidates for Parliamentarian, as submitted with Candidate Officer Applications, will be emailed separately with information regarding the Parliamentarian Test.  The test will be need to be completed during the week of April 14 - April 17. Test scores will be shared with the newly elected SOT for consideration of the Parliamentarian position. 
  2. All candidates for Historian, as submitted with Candidate Officer Applications, should have already submitted the Historian Editing Skills and a sample body of work.  This information will be shared with the newly elected SOT for consideration of the Historian position.
  3. All candidates for Parliamentarian and Historian will be emailed by Mrs. Evans following the announcement of the Elected Positions on Friday, April 17.  Interviews will be conducted via Google Hangout during the week of April 20 - April 23. The newly elected SOT, candidates Parliamentarian and Historian, and Mrs. Evans will be involved with the interview process.
  4. The Parliamentarian and Historian positions will be announced by the newly elected SOT on Friday, April 24. 


Original Directions - for your reference

1- Download the Officer Packet, read the packet carefully and make sure you meet the qualifications, have the time to dedicate to TSA and find the office that best suits your skills. You may apply for an elected position, an appointed position (Historian or Parliamentarian), or one of each.  Please note that the paperwork for Historian or Parliamentarian also needs to be submitted prior to the deadline, even if you are running for an elected position. 

2- Download the PA-TSA State Officer Candidate Endorsement Form, and have your parents, advisor, principal and superintendent sign the agreement. If you are applying for the position of Historian, fill out the additional form describing your experience in video editing and media production. Scan the document(s) and return to sevans [at]

3- Complete the simple on-line application, by clicking here.  You will need to have the following items in order to complete the application:

  • Your signed PA-TSA State Officer Candidate Endorsement Form scanned in as a PDF
  • If applicable, your signed form for the Historian position (scanned)
  • A current “head shot” as a JPG or TIFF file (please try and make sure that it is not upside down or sideways)
  • A 250-word statement of why you are interested in the position (you can copy and paste form any text editing software).  Keep in mind, for elected positions, this statement will be posted on the PA-TSA website in advance of the State Conference.  The statement will be shared with the newly elected State Officer Team during the interview process for Historian and/or Parliamentarian. 

4- If you are applying for the position of Parliamentarian, you will also need to take a test on parliamentary procedure while at the State Conference. You can take the test at any of the testing sessions listed in the conference schedule.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Mrs. Shelley Evans, State Officer Advisor, at sevans [at]

Thank you for your interest in running for a State Officer position and best of luck! 

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