Current Team

by | Oct 2, 2018

Check out the goals, chapter connection and more news as published by the 2019-20 High School State Officer Team. Then see them in action on the official ND DECA social media channels and at state and regional conferences. 

 

 

Members and Chapter Officer teams are encouraged to connect with the State Officer listed below! Start the conversation with an email about your goals for the year or what your Chapter is creating for 2020. 

 

WYATT BIRST 
  Grand Forks Central,  Mandan High School,  Minot High School,  Napoleon High School

RYAN HERMES
  Bismarck Century,  Fargo North, Grafton-NVCTC,  Northern Cass

NATALIE LEMNUS
  Bismarck Legacy, Devils Lake-LACTC, Red River High School, Wahpeton High School

ISABELLE McLEAN
  Bismarck High School, Jamestown High School,  Solen High School,  Valley City High School, West Fargo

DIYA PANDA
  Bottineau High School,  Davies High School,  Sheyenne High School,  Stanley High School

GARY WU
  Central Cass,  Fargo South,  Oakes-SRCTC,  Watford City

Isabelle McClean

Why did you choose to be a member of DECA?

I chose to become a DECA member because my sister was involved and really enjoyed it. I saw how it positively impacted her and prepared her for the world outside of high school.

What do you like best about being a state officer for North Dakota DECA?

Being able to contribute to and have an impact on an organization that I truly care for. I feel like I am apart of something great and important.

What do you like best about being a member of DECA?

Learning new skills and applying them to my daily life.

Have you had any unique opportunities because of your DECA experience?

Yes. I have had opportunities to go to Atlanta and Orlando for competition. I got the chance to go on stage at nationals, something I could only dream of.

What organizations or athletic activities do you participate in?

I participate in tennis, SHAPE club, Key Club, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and DECA

How have these activities enhanced your high school experience or your college plans?

They’ve exposed me to the importance of community service, teamwork, and the process of creating a business. It has allowed me to become more comfortable with speaking in front of others and all of them have improved my communication skills.

What is your favorite color?

Lavender

What does personal service mean to you?  

Personal service means being a selfless leader and putting others before yourself when making decisions.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I plan to go to the University of Hawaii. (major undecided)

Do you have any pets?

Yes. 2 cats in Fargo (Cheeto and Twilight) and 2 Guinea pigs with my dad in Hawaii (Chair and Tarzan – named by my brother)

If you had the power to make anything happen this year, what would it be?

Motivate as many members as I can to take advantage of the opportunities they are given in DECA and help them succeed in and outside of DECA.

Gary Wu

Why did you choose to be a member of DECA?

I chose to become a DECA member because of a great marketing class. My marketing teacher pushed me to do my best in projects, and I realized that I could compete. I would encourage everyone to be a member of DECA and see what they can benefit from the opportunities.

What do you like best about being a state officer for North Dakota DECA?

I like the way the officer team can make changes state-wide. Each year new officers can help impact the organization in whatever way that needs to be done for each year.

What do you like best about being a member of DECA?

Being a member of DECA truly teaches us how to become better leaders and students. Combining real life elements along with the role-play situation really helps DECA members learn the world of marketing.

Have you had any unique opportunities because of your DECA experience?

Yes, any trip that I have went on comes with unique opportunities and memories. Bonding with the officer team and just experiencing all of the locations really results in a unique experience.

What organizations or athletic activities do you participate in?

I participate in tennis, student council, choir, NHS, and most importantly, DECA.

How have these activities enhanced your high school experience or your college plans?

I believe DECA has especially enhanced my high school experience. Everything about it is so awesome. I will major in business in college, so DECA has influenced my college plans.

What is your favorite color?

Green!

What does personal service mean to you?  

Personal service means something that one does that serves a purpose and is important to them.

What are your plans after graduation?

Go to college.

Do you have any pets?

No.

If you had the power to make anything happen this year, what would it be?

Make this the best DECA year ever!

Diya Panda

Why did you choose to be a member of DECA?

I chose to become a DECA member because I love business and networking with others! DECA was the first thing I joined high school and I instantly fell in love with the competition and the people in it.

What do you like best about being a state officer for North Dakota DECA?

I get to meet some amazing people and I truly believe that I am making a positive impact on North Dakota and its community through DECA.

What do you like best about being a member of DECA?

I love all the networking opportunities that being a DECA member provides.

Have you had any unique opportunities because of your DECA experience?

I have been able to travel to amazing places because of DECA and being able to start the Grab Bag Program at Red River.

What organizations or athletic activities do you participate in?

Student Council, Dance, Rider Rope, Swimming, Helping Hands, NHS, NTHS and Rotary Club                                                                                

How have these activities enhanced your high school experience or your college plans?

They have taught me a good work ethic and given me some of amazing opportunities.

What is your favorite color?

White

What does personal service mean to you?  

Putting someone else’s needs before my own.

What are your plans after graduation?

 I plan on going to USC (University of Southern CA) and either majoring in medicine or marketing.

Which DECA chapters are you working with this year?

Bottineau, Davies, Sheyenne, and Stanley High School!

Do you have any pets?

Yes! An adorable shih tzu named Coco.

If you had the power to make anything happen this year, what would it be?

A DECA dance!

Wyatt Birst

Why did you choose to be a member of DECA?

I chose to become a DECA member because DECA allowed me to learn and to experience the marketing and business field for a possible career. 

What do you like best about being a state officer for North Dakota DECA?

I love working with this officer team and planning breakout sessions for our members.

What do you like best about being a member of DECA?

DECA created an environment for me to gain new friends; hopefully, they are lifelong friendships.

Have you had any unique opportunities because of your DECA experience?

I have been able to travel to Atlanta and Florida; also, I have been able to contact DECA, local, and legislative leaders.

What organizations or athletic activities do you participate in?

I play soccer, inclusive football, inclusive bowling, inclusive track, and inclusive bowling.  I am in National Honors Society, Peer-to-Peer, and the Bismarck-Mandan Student Chamber.

How have these activities enhanced your high school experience or your college plans?

The activities I joined have shaped my personality with hard-work, perspective, care, and passion.  Now, I have many mentors to turn to for help.

What is your favorite color?

I would say my favorite color is blue.

What does personal service mean to you?  

To offer my time and effort to those who would take my help.

What are your plans after graduation?

 My plans are to attend college, but I am not sure where I want to go yet.

Do you have any pets?

My dog is a Maltese-shih tzu named Otis; he is also my best friend.

If you had the power to make anything happen this year, what would it be?

I would want to spend more time with my state officer team.

Natalie Lemnus

Why did you choose to be a member of DECA?

I chose to become a DECA member because I have always had an interest in business and was excited to learn material that could help me start my own business someday.  

What do you like best about being a state officer for North Dakota DECA?

Spending time with the other officers

What do you like best about being a member of DECA?

Getting to compete and travel with friends

Have you had any unique opportunities because of your DECA experience?

More people in my community recognize me as a DECA member and are more apt to contribute in fundraisers. Also getting Universal closed off to just DECA members at ICDC in Orlando.

What organizations or athletic activities do you participate in?

Volleyball, Peer Facilitating, Student Council

How have these activities enhanced your high school experience or your college plans?

I have gained friends and memories through these activities.

What is your favorite color?

Pink 

What does personal service mean to you?  

Helping others around me to achieve their fullest potential.

 

What are your plans after graduation?

 Not completely sure, I’d like to live in a big city and travel. I plan on owning my own business in the future.

Do you have any pets?

Yes! One dog named Sadie

If you had the power to make anything happen this year, what would it be?

A DECA dance!

Ryan Hermes

Why did you choose to be a member of DECA?

I chose to become a DECA member because I thought it would be a fun way to meet new people and travel! Also, I joined DECA because people in my school told me it was fun and that I would be good at it.

What do you like best about being a state officer for North Dakota DECA?

I enjoy making memories with the other state officers and meeting the members of North Dakota DECA

What do you like best about being a member of DECA?

Going to ICDC 3 Times and traveling to new places!

Have you had any unique opportunities because of your DECA experience?

My freshman year trading pins at a table with other people and coming home with 6 different state hats from ICDC

What organizations or athletic activities do you participate in?

Cross Country, Wrestling, Track, DECA, Student Council, NHS, Drumline

How have these activities enhanced your high school experience or your college plans?

They have taught me time management and how to work hard. Also I would like to run track in college

What is your favorite color?

Red

What does personal service mean to you?  

I believe that leadership in service of others is important to me because as leaders we should help others before ourselves

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan on going to college and double majoring in political science and communications 

Do you have any pets?

A dog named Winston

If you had the power to make anything happen this year, what would it be?

I hope everyone has a wonderful time also I would love if we had a dance at FLC or State.

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