Farewell BHS DECA
Another great year comes to an end. We took three outstanding students to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville, Tennessee this year. Kaitlyn Reiman, Andrew (AJ) Quintata, and John Bautista did an excellent job and enjoyed touring the historic areas of Nashville. Next year ICDC will be in Anaheim, California.
Kaitlyn Reiman rounded out an excellent year as Area 7 President and Chapter President by being awarded the Emerging Leader Award. She was one of only nine seniors in the state of Washington to receive this award. She is a great young lady that strives to reach her goals, no matter the obstacles that are in her path. Keep an eye on her, she will do some great things for our country and our world.
We are losing an awesome senior class this year, but we have a really great group of hard charging juniors that will slip right into their places and make sure that Bethel DECA will continue to grow. Brianna, Savannah, Paris, Levi, Gitchel, Emily, Kaitlyn, and the rest of you great people, we know you will continue to grow BHS DECA and keep representing our chapter the way we taught you.
When I arrived at Bethel High School, several years ago, we did not have an active DECA program. I welcomed the challenge of getting our chapter re-instated and built back to sending our members to ICDC as Susan Dunaway had done prior to her departure. Each year we increase the number of students competing at area, state, and international competitions. It has been a pleasure to teach you about marketing and to see your faces light up when you get called to the stage to receive your awards. This has been the reason I wanted to be a teacher.
This is my last year of being a teacher and being a DECA Advisor. I really don’t know which one I will miss more. I know I won’t forget our 10 mile hike in the rain to watch the Sounders play or waiting, waiting, and waiting for AJ to get ready. We have done some great things and I know I have truly enjoyed doing them with a great group of young men and women. Keep setting goals and striving to reach them. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Once a Brave, Always a Brave.