Two FHSD Students Named to Missouri DECA Leadership Team

Posted on 10/24/2016

Fifteen public high school students were recently named state officers for the Missouri Association of DECA, the international association of students studying marketing, finance, hospitality and management. And two of those, Shaneerah Woodruff and Kevin Welch, are from the Francis Howell School District (FHSD).

These highly marketable students were elected and installed during the Missouri DECA Fall Leadership and State Officer Election Conference, which was held Oct. 16 and 17 in Lake Ozark, MO. The annual state conference was attended by more than 780 high school marketing students and their teachers, so having two FHSD students chosen for leadership positions tells a lot about the great efforts put into the programs.

Kevin WelchWelch, a senior from Francis Howell North (FHN) High School, was named the Vice President of District 6. Francis Howell High School (FHHS) senior Woodruff was selected to become one of the Executive State Officers, and will take on the role of Vice President of Communications.

One of Welch’s advisors, FHN teacher Melissa Trochim, said, “Kevin has worked hard to achieve this position. He was an officer last year for our chapter as a junior, and was inspired by Anthony Lupo – who served as Missouri DECA's State President last year. Kevin was on Anthony's campaign team in Nashville at DECA's International Conference, and so that compelled him to run for DECA District 6 Vice President this year. We are proud of him!”

Woodruff’s advisor, Larry Anders, wasn’t surprised at all by his student’s outstanding achievement. “Shaneerah has embraced what DECA has to offer to young aspiring marketing students,” Anders said. “She has excelled in networking with other like-minded students, and sees the benefits of DECA. She has strived to be the best leader she can be for not only Francis Howell but the entire state of Missouri. She will help communicate the DECA message at the district, state, and national level.”

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At the conference, students participated in leadership and educational workshops, competitive event practice programs, and learned skills to develop their own leadership potential. In addition, these students joined other student delegates from around the state to select this year’s cabinet of Missouri DECA State Officers. The students were elected and installed during the closing session.

Missouri DECA is a nationally recognized association with close to 8,100 members. There are 12 DECA districts and 153 DECA chapters in Missouri.

Top photo: Shaneerah Woodruff, DECA MO VP of Communications
Bottom photo: Kevin Welch (third from front left) with the FHN DECA team.

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