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Martinez-Diaz Takes Over as SGA President

Friday, May 2, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

New SGAEven at 16-years old, Andrew Martinez-Diaz knew he belonged in the skies.

That’s when his interest for aviation began and what’s motivated him to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Texas State Technical College.

Last month, Martinez-Diaz was sworn in as the new President of the Student Government Association and will serve as president over the next three semesters (Summer, Fall and Spring).

“My first semester here I went to a meet-and-greet with the new SGA officers and introduced myself to the president (Tara Mendez),” Martinez-Diaz said. “She was really friendly and encouraged me to get involved. I got involved and now as president I hope to encourage more people to get involved on campus. I want to create a good relationship between students, faculty and staff.”

Martinez-Diaz graduated from Los Fresnos High School in 2012 and was looking for a college that offered some kind of aviation program.

He’s taken private flying lessons in the past and has logged 40 hours of flying time.

“TSTC was the only school in the area that offered aviation as a program,” Martinez-Diaz said. “So I started coming to school here. It was the best decision. I love doing what I’m doing and I’m learning a lot about aviation. It’s been a very good experience so far.”

Martinez-Diaz is expected to graduate in June 2015. But his education won’t stop there.

He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree then a Doctorate in Business Administration.

“I want to be an airline pilot at first but, eventually, I would love to own my own airline,” Martinez-Diaz said. I just love aviation and that’s my ultimate dream or goal.”

Martinez-Diaz said that coming to TSTC has started laying the foundation for his success.

“Not just in my program but being a student here has introduced me to being a leader,” Martinez-Diaz said. “Now leading SGA, I hope to get a better understanding of what it takes to be a leader in the real world.”

Martinez-Diaz said his Christian beliefs have opened doors for him all his life and hopes to use those values to continue guiding him at TSTC and beyond.

“To do what is right, is best for you and others,” Martinez-Diaz said.

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