New Hampshire DECA State Officer Team 62 is involved in planning activities and preparing for upcoming events, as well as representing DECA at conferences, schools, and governmental and civic organizations. The team for the 2018-2019 school year consists of, from left to right, Chloe Grant from Manchester Memorial High School, Robert DeFelice from Merrimack High, Will Theodore from Bedford High School, Kimberly Rodier from Hillsboro-Deering High School, Melissa Gallagher from Bedford High, and Jasmine Sanders from Plymouth Regional High School. The officers were elected at the 2018 NH DECA State Conference by voting delegates from each NH DECA chapter.
Chloe Rich: Chloe is a senior at Memorial High School in Manchester, and is excited to be working with New Hampshire DECA and representing the state at the various functions in the upcoming year. Aside from working, being involved in track and field, and travelling, Chloe came in first place in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Promotion Plan event at the DECA state conference in February of 2018, and went on to compete at the national competition in Atlanta. She also participated in the EMPOWER Academy in Atlanta which prepared new state officers for their year ahead.
Robert DeFelice: Robert was a NH DECA Voting Delegate at the Atlanta International DECA Conference last April, and he also participated in the EMPOWER Academy for state DECA officers. He is very involved in his school activities, and is a leader on the Merrimack football team. Robert is excited to help prepare and present an educational workshop with the State Officer Team at the upcoming DECA Power Trip Conference in Baltimore in November of 2018.
Will Theodore: Will is in his second term as a DECA State Officer in New Hampshire, and plans on continuing to innovate and create new ideas for DECA conferences, workshops, and activities. He has shown leadership and direction to the team as well as reaching out to DECA members around the country via social media. Will is already in the planning stages for this year's PowerTrip Conference workshop in Baltimore, as well as his plans for ICDC in Atlanta. Last year, Will placed 11th at the International Conference in his competitive event category.
Kimberly Rodier: Kimberly has been an active member of her Hillsboro-Deering DECA chapter, and has transferred many of the skills learned in chapter activities to the state level. She is in her second term, and has shown leadership and direction to the team. She is very involved in community service projects as well as fund raising and finances for her chapter. One of her goals is to increase support for DECA among legislators and political organizations in New Hampshire. She is looking forward to a rewarding and exciting year as an officer and working with as many members as possible to help them achieve their goals.
Melissa Gallagher: Melissa is a member of Bedford High School's DECA chapter, and is also a second year state officer. She received an Outstanding Achievement award at the 2018 ICDC Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. She will be coordinating the Bedford Middle School DECA chapter this year, and will be involved with programs for middle schools throughout the state. Melissa has shown noteworthy organizational skills this past year, and she has also done an excellent job increasing communication between chapters throughout the state. She plans to visit as many New Hampshire DECA programs as possible during her term of office.
Jasmine Sanders: Jasmine is a member of Plymouth Regional High's DECA, and a firm believer that DECA membership can help students gain confidence, business and social skills, and networking opportunities that can positively impact their future. Jasmine is looking forward to working with members and visiting as many chapters throughout the state of New Hampshire as possible during the 2018-2019 school year. One primary goal is to help students prepare for competitive events on both the state and national level, and assist our DECA members to excel in their DECA competition categories. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Overall, among the goals for 2018-2019 will be continued outreach to businesses and organizations in the community, in order to find support for DECA as well as find ways for DECA to make a contribution to our community. The team also hopes to increase membership in our state’s DECA organization, and help with the development of a middle school DECA contingent as part of our state organization. New ideas are constantly being developed, and the team welcomes input from DECA members and supporters throughout the state. This is the 62nd year that New Hampshire DECA has been in existence, and we are excited to be continually growing and providing educational value to business students in our schools.