DE CA P r e p a r e s E m e rgi n g Le a d e r s V o l u m e 1 , I ss u e 8 April, 2012 C ENTRAL R EGION DECAINSIDE THIS ISSUE: A F I N A L WO R D F RO M YO U R C RV PMicah’s Conference 2 Team 66, I advisors and mem-Recap could not have asked bers will always beDECA and Politics 3 for a better group of valued. people to serve with. I Clinton DECA,State Officer Spotlight 3 know we will be life- you are awesome!5K at ICDC 4 long friends, and I Because of the oppor- cannot wait to see tunities you gave me, ISalt Lake City 5 where life takes each am where I am today.The Movement 6 of us. Some of the fondestLetter from the 6 Mrs. Henn, you memories of my timeNational President have been an out- in DECA happened at Central Region DECA, standing advisor. You chapter meetings or in I cannot be- have played a large the marketing room. I lieve this is the last role in making this a am excited to stay in- Special Points Central Region DECA life-changing experi- volved with your chap- of Interest: Newsletter I will pub- ence for me. You will ter and be an enthusi- lish. This year has always have a special• Learn about the excit- astic alumni member. been an absolutely ing conferences place in my heart. As I close, I unbelievable experi- Micah attended in ence. I would like to Missouri DECA, want to say that DECA March (Page 2). thank several people I could not be part of a will always be a part of and groups for making better state associa- my life. I will continue• Become acquainted tion. Your support for to give back to the or- with Carter Christen- this such an incredible me over the past sev- ganization that has sen, the State Presi- experience. eral years has been helped mold me into dent of South Dakota Central Region appreciated more the person I am today. DECA (Page 3). DECA, you deserve my than you will ever biggest “thank you.” I know. I look forward• Get the latest infor- am grateful that you DECA Wishes, mation about the to staying involved trusted me as your and helping prepare “DECA Dash with leader. I have devel- the Diamonds” 5K at more leaders in our oped many lasting ICDC (Page 4). state association. friendships with mem- bers, advisors, alumni, Missouri DECA• Receive a preview of District 4, your sup- and staff. Your sup- Salt Lake City, which port has been unbe- port has meant more Micah Melling will host 15,000 stu- lievable throughout than you will ever Central Region VP dents for the biggest my entire DECA ca- know. Thank you so DECA, Inc. DECA event of the reer. The bonds I much for everything. 2011-2012 year (Page 5). have formed with your
Page 2 V o l um e 1 , I s s ue 8MICAH MELLING’S MARCH CONFERENCE RECAPMarch was an incredibly busy and exciting month for me. In a two-and-a-half week span, I attended fourconferences. The following is a recap of my involvement at each conference. ACTE National Policy Seminar, March 4-7. The first event in March was the Association for Career and Technical Education’s National Policy Seminar. This was one of the most exciting conferences I have attended all year! At the beginning of the seminar, I attended workshops about the reauthorizations of major pieces of education legislation, the federal government’s budget, and the future of the na- tion’s educational system. Additionally, I met with Representative Vicky Hartzler, Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, staff from Representative Frank Guinta’s office, and staff from Senator Roy Blunt’s office. Overall, this was one of the most successful conferences I have attended as a National Officer. Indiana DECA State Conference, March 11-12. My next conference was Indiana DECA’s State Confer- ence. I was thrilled to join over 1,600 of Indiana’s brightest students for this conference. I was given the opportunity to speak at the opening session and conduct two workshops. This was an amazing conference that I was proud to attend! Wisconsin DECA State Conference, March 13-15. The third conference was the Wisconsin DECA State Conference. I attended Wisconsin DECA’s Fall Leadership Conference is November, so it was great to re-connect with many of this state’s incredible students. At this event, I spoke at the opening session and focused on visiting with as many members as possible. I’m extremely thankful that Wisconsin DECA allowed me to be a part of their year. Missouri DECA State Conference, March 18-20. My final conference was the Missouri DECA State Conference. As a proud member of Missouri DECA, it felt great to be back in my home state for a con- ference. I spoke at the opening session, assisted with the Leadership Development Academy, and connected with as many members as I could. Over the past five years, Missouri DECA has never ceased to amaze me, and this conference only strengthened that mindset. Right: A group from Mis- souri ACTE with Repre- sentative Vicky Hartzler, who is a member of DECA’s Congressional Advisory Board. Left: Members of Missouri Above: Micah Melling with ACTE with Representative Senator Roy Blunt’s Edu- Blaine Luetkemeyer, a member cation Director. She is of the CTE Caucus and DECA’s holding a packet about Congressional Advisory Board. DECA’s Congressional Ad- (Check out the personal mes- visory Board! sage from Rep. Luetkemeyer!)
C e ntr a l R e g i o n D EC A Page 3 A F I N A L U P DAT E O N M I C A H ’ S P O L I T I C A L W O R K As you may ment impacts DECA. know, Central Region Micah will be Reasons for Political Outreach Vice President Micah adding two more po- The United States Congress and many state Melling has been fo- litical outreach re- cused on reaching out legislatures appropriate funding for Career sources by the middle to legislators over the of the month. The in- and Technical Education (CTE), which is the past several months. formation in these re- basis for organizations like DECA. Micah has de- sources will stem from veloped several politi- his experiences at Federal funding for CTE was reduced by cal outreach re- ACTE’s National Policy 11% ($140 million) in 2011. This stream of sources that can be Seminar. funding could be subject to more reductions accessed on DECA’s If you have in the future. SlideShare account questions about (www.slideshare.net/ reaching out to legisla- Many legislators do not have a working decainc). The Na- tors, please email Mi- knowledge about the importance of Market- tional Officer Team cah at decavpmi- ing Education and DECA. Educating legis- strongly encourages firstname.lastname@example.org. He you to read these re- lators about these academic opportunities is looks forward to hear- sources and learn vital to our future. ing from you! about how the govern- T HE STAT E O FFI C ER SPOT LI GHT I S O N C ARTER C HR IST ENSEN distinct honor of being for State Office the fol- a two-year President lowing year!” for South Dakota And Carter is DECA, and he’s only a “Seize every day anxiously awaiting to junior! arrive in Salt Lake City and minute you To this point, for ICDC in less than a have in DECA. Carter’s DECA journey month. has been highlighted “I’m so excited In each and every by his first trip to for Salt Lake City to year you are in ICDC. see, meet, and talk with Carter Chris- DECA, grasp all “ICDC in Louis- everyone I’ve con-tensen can be de- ville back in 2010 nected with over the of thescribed as “Mr. In- really helped to past year, if not years,volved.” He is the opportunities change my life, and it and expand my networkState President of inspired me to be- by meeting new mem- given to you.”South Dakota DECA, a come even more in- bers,” says Carter.drum major for his — Carter volved in DECA at my Certainly, Southhigh school’s band, a chapter and in my Dakota DECA has amember of the stu- Christensen, state,” says Carter. strong leader who willdent council, a school “ICDC in Louisville be back next year to State President ofstore manager...you really helped to hook continue impacting theget the picture. SD DECA me on DECA as whole lives of DECA members. Carter has the and inspired me to run
Page 4 V o l um e 1 , I s s ue 8 As a former athlete, I still have a fire for competition. If you also enjoy the excitement of competing, then join my team for the DECA Dash with the Diamonds 5K at ICDC. Together, we will persevere through the altitude in Salt Lake City and cross the finish line. Well show our competitiveness in a "professionally responsible" way, always having fun and striving to be our best. To show your "professional side," wear something blue during the race. Blue signifies hon- esty and sincerity, and it is one of DECAs official colors. So, join my team, have fun competing, and wear something blue! — Micah Melling, Central Region Vice President Details on the 5K Proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Associa- tion and the DECA scholarship fund. The 5K will take place on Saturday, April 28th and will begin at 7:30 am. The race will start at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City. For information on registration, visit www.deca.org / events/5k.
C e ntr a l R e g i o n D EC A Page 5 A City of Excitement Salt Lake City What do the Collegiate DECA National Officers have to say about Salt Lake City? “Snow-capped mountains look like ice "Salt Lake City is a culture within itself. If one is intrigued by cream sundaes.” — Ron Schoolcraft the thought of skiing, shopping, historical enlightenment, or simply great cuisine, then the week in Salt Lake City will make for an enjoyable International Career Development Conference." — Dakota DaleBeing a local of fabulous, snowy Utah, I couldntbe more thrilled to have the DECA and Collegiate DECA International Conferences in my "I never expected Salt Lake City to have such a hometown. Students, be ready for the best young, urban vibe, but it really does! The conference of your life! — Em Dziatlik downtown area is fun, vibrant, and jam-packed full of things to do. Youre going to have an absolute blast at this years ICDC!" — Paige Eldridge
MEMORIES OF A Final Update on The Movement TEAM 66 The Movement, a fundraising effort for MDA, has come to a close for the 2011-2012 school year. National Officer Team 66 and Jay Koontz would like to thank the 22 state association that adopted The Movement. Your support of this innovative endeavor is greatly appreciated. The National Officers encourage you to start plan- ning MDA fundraisers for next year. To help with your efforts, The Movement has launched a website. You can access the website at www.ourmvmt.com. Please take a look at this website to get the latest news about The Movement. Central Region Vice President Micah Melling will be releasing a document that recaps the progress of The Movement. This document will be made public by the middle of April, and it will be published on DECA’s SlideShare account (www.slideshare.net/decainc). A LETTER F RO M YO U R P R E S I D E N T when I first visited in Be prepared August of 2011. The for some tough com- beautiful mountains, petition at your event, busy downtown life, but more importantly, and the Energy Solu- be prepared to net- tions Arena are all work with thousands breathtaking. You will of members and pro- not only get to enjoy fessionals! the wonderful scenery I hope to see of the SLC, but you will you in beautiful Salt get to experience it Lake City in less then with thousands of a month. Central Region DECA, DECA members! If you, like One of the thousands of competi- Best Wishes, most exciting parts of tors across the globe, ICDC is meeting new are going to DECA’s people from all around Claire Coker International Career the world. Make sure National President Development Confer- to bring plenty of pins DECA, Inc. ence this year, then to trade with other as- 2011-2012 prepare to be blown sociations or a cam- away! era to capture the I was amazed memories of the con- by Salt Lake City, Utah ference.