Lima Senior DECA students will hold two of the seven Ohio DECA State Officer positions this year. This is the first time the school has had more than one state office holder.
Senior Destiny Burk was elected Vice President of Community Outreach. She participated in a campaign rally in Columbus Monday, Nov. 28, then gave a four-minute speech and answered impromptu questions to voting delegates. She was then elected by other members of Ohio DECA.
Senior Jesus Pagan-Rosario competed in the Parliamentary Law competition, in which he qualified out of the DECA District competition, to compete against nearly 40 other state members in this event.
He took a 100-question test over Parliamentary Law facts, gave a one-minute introduction speech followed by an interview. Not only did he win first place, making him the Parliamentarian for Ohio DECA, he beat his competition by a large margin.
State Office roles come with tremendous responsibility and those elected will be in the public eye during the rest of this school year and beginning of next. Both Destiny and Jesus will be on stage running several State DECA conferences as well as representing Ohio DECA and Lima Senior at the International Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in April.
Destiny is President of one of the two DECA chapters at Lima Senior and Jesus is Vice President of Leadership for one of the chapters.
Lima Senior had three other students compete for officer roles. Nick Joliff ran for Vice President of Leadership Development, and Katie Woods and Dakota Stocker competed in the Public Relations competition (both qualifying from districts).