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Vol. 45, No. 37

May 16, 2011

Clinton High School Senior Elected to National DECA Post

Micah Melling
Micah Melling

Micah Melling, a senior at Clinton High School, Clinton School District, has been elected Central Region Vice President of National DECA. He also is the 2010-2011 Missouri DECA state president.

Melling was elected at the DECA International Career Development Conference held in Orlando, Fla., April 30-May 3. He is only the seventh student from Missouri DECA to win national office.

Founded in 1946, DECA is a non-profit organization for high school and college students interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.  DECA’s high school division includes 185,000 in 5,000 schools in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Missouri DECA has more than 9,100 members in 178 chapters across the state.

“Being elected as DECA’s 2011-2012 Central Region Vice President is the highest honor of my high school career,” Melling said. “I am most excited about serving DECA’s amazing members and advisors and getting to know many personally.”

The DECA national officer team is made up of the president and three regional vice presidents. Melling will lead DECA’s Central Region, which is comprised of 13 states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. They will work with the DECA Inc. staff and corporate partners to plan the next International Career Development Conference and will travel extensively throughout the year to promote DECA.

“Micah demonstrated exemplary leadership skills as our state president this school year, and he will be an asset to the international organization,” said Gayla Westergaard, supervisor of business, marketing and information technology and Missouri DECA state advisor for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Melling was one of three candidates for the regional vice president’s post. After submitting an application, he took the officer candidate exam, interviewed with the nominating committee, campaigned during the conference and delivered a five-minute speech before being elected by delegates from the Midwest.

“Micah worked very hard on his national campaign, and we commend him for achieving this honor” said Westergaard.  “His initiative, logical approach to problem solving, and sincere personality will make him an excellent ambassador for National DECA and our high school marketing students.”

Melling will preside at the Central Region Leadership Conference, scheduled for Dec. 2-4 in Omaha, Neb. He also will preside at the Missouri DECA Fall Leadership and State Officer Election Conference to be held Oct. 16-17 at Lake Ozark.