Sixteen public high school students were recently named state officers for the Missouri Association of DECA. The students were elected and installed during the Missouri DECA Fall Leadership and State Officer Election Conference held Oct. 14-15 in Lake Ozark. The annual state conference was attended by more than 650 high school marketing students and their teachers.
The 2012-2013 executive state officers include: Callie Loganbill, president, Tipton High School; Rachelle Engen, vice president-advocacy, Odessa High School; Mallory Lanser, vice president-communications, El Dorado Springs High School; and Allison Berry, vice president-community service, Holt High School, Wentzville.
The newly elected officers were determined on the basis of their written test, screening and nominating committee interview, and number of ballots cast by the voting delegates after delivering their campaign speech during the election session. Serving as a state officer provides DECA members the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professionalism that is essential for a successful career.
DECA is an international association of high school students studying marketing, finance, hospitality and management. The state affiliate of the DECA Inc. organization is the Career and Technical Student Organization for Missouri. Missouri DECA ranks sixth in the nation in membership with more than 8,500 members. There are 12 DECA districts and 179 DECA chapters in Missouri.
MALLORY LANSER INSTALLED – On the left is MO DECA President Callie Loganbill and on the right is MO DECA Vice President of Communication Mallory Lanser taking the oath of office during the Missouri DECA Fall Leadership and State Officer Election Conference held Oct. 14-15 in Lake Ozark.