California High School DECA members promoted Missouri DECA to Senator Mike Kehoe and Representative Caleb Jones in the State Capitol on Feb. 13 during Missouri Career Education Legislative Day, sponsored by Missouri Association of Career and Technical Education (MoACTE).
During Legislative Day, students shared their successes attained at their local high schools in career education, marketing and cooperative education, and DECA with their state legislators at the State Capitol.
Courtland Gerhart, Audrey Imhoff, Ana Strickfaden, Taylor Bleich, Taylor Walters and Olivia Kunze represented the California High School DECA chapter during Legislative Day.
"These students and their advisor should be commendedfor representing their community, school, and DECA chapter in an exemplary manner to these influential elected leaders," said Linda Krehbiel, Missouri DECA State Advisor. "Their efforts will help ensure that future students continue to have the same rewarding opportunities to develop essential skills necessary for all students."
Gerhart, District 5 Missouri DECA Vice-President, represented more than 9,000 Missouri DECA members during a proclamation signing with Gov. Jay Nixon celebrating Career and Technical Education Month. The proclamation signing built awareness for the benefits of career education, marketing and cooperative education and DECA.
Through co-curricular activities that align with the school's marketing and cooperative education classroom instruction, DECA prepares the next generation to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders.