2010-2011 State Officers
State Officer Biographies
Amanda Pomeroy is a senior in high school who enjoys spending time with her friends and family, shopping, soaking up the sunshine, and being involved in her school, church, and community. As Amanda lives her life she enjoys being a part of many different activities, such as counseling for Outdoor School, aiding in local church fundraisers, and teaching Sunday School.
Amanda has been a DECA member for three years and has been a local chapter officer for two. She has attended the State Career Development Conference three years where she competed in both written events and role-plays. Amanda’s experiences in DECA have helped her learn to be a stronger leader and team player as well as assisting in the development of her social and business skills.
Amanda enjoys learning as shown by her enrollment in advanced classes. She knows the value of keeping an open mind and always working to be the best you can be. Once Amanda graduates from high school, she plans to continue on to a private university and major in Biology with a minor or duel major in Business Administrations. Then, she plans on attending medical school and becoming a doctor. After graduation, Amanda aims to participate in missionary work abroad and at home as she works, and eventually, she would like to own her own practice.
Nic McDowell is a senior attending Willamette High School located Eugene, Oregon. Nic is a very outgoing guy who tries to find fun in everything he does. He believes that if you are having fun with what you are doing everybody will be in a better mood and will be more productive. Nic loves sports and is involved in soccer and track through his school. Outside of school he loves to basketball with friends and through city leagues. Sports are a big part of Nic’s life.
Nic has been involved with many community service activities and in spring of 2010 held a community kickball marathon to break the current world record. He hopes this becomes an annual event in which he can donate the money generated to a charity. Nic also loves to travel and in August 2010 will travel to Taiwan. He also hopes to go on a mission trip to Africa this year. Nic plans to attend either the University of Oregon or a local community college to get his undergraduate degree and then transfer to earn a degree for teaching or engineering.
Although he is not planning on getting a business degree he still loves being involved with DECA. He has learned that DECA teaches you skills for any job, not just jobs involving business. Nic is excited to be the second in his family to serve as a state officer for Oregon DECA and is looking forward to meeting members this year as the Oregon DECA Secretary/Treasurer.
From Ashland to Medford and Central Point, Cecilia De La Cruz was born and raised in Southern Oregon. As a Mexican-American, Cecilia adapted English as her second language and fully developed it in school. She loves school and enjoys learning new things. She believes education is an important factor in life and tries to help others when she sees them struggling and wanting to give up on school.
Cecilia is in an Advanced Placement English class, is in the Chess Guild, and is a board member in the National Honor Society. When not in school she volunteers at Kids Unlimited of Oregon, is playing soccer, or is working. She has maintained her part-time job at a retirement home as a Food Server for over a year now. Every Sunday Cecilia goes to church and serves as a lector once a month. She is also involved with the youth group at church. Cecilia also enjoys snowboarding.
Cecilia is currently a senior at Crater High School where she is a two-year DECA member and is excited to serve Oregon DECA members as Publicity Director this year.
Lauro Jimenez, District II Vice President, was born in Puebla, Mexico, but moved to Woodburn, Oregon when he was still an infant. He attended school in Woodburn and became fluent in both English and Spanish. During his sophomore year, Lauro moved to Labelle, Florida and spent the year away from home. Lauro now attends the Wellness, Business and Sports School at the Woodburn High School Campus. Lauro likes to play basketball with his friends, play video games, catch all the latest sports highlights, and relax at home with his family.
At the beginning of his junior year, back from Florida, Lauro decided that he wanted to get more involved in school. Then, when in his business class his teacher, who was also the DECA advisor, told him about DECA. He decided he could not pass up this organization, and decided to join. Lauro, always interested in business, had a very good time attending chapter meetings and events and decided he wanted to get further involved in DECA. He attended a District II competition and was inspired to lead. This led him to decide that he wanted to become an Oregon DECA State Officer.
What Lauro brings to the state officer team is hard work, honesty, reliability and someone who wants to learn and pass on his knowledge to others. Lauro is honored to serve as District II Vice President and is excited to get started. Lauro’s plan for District II this year are to give back to our communities, and get more schools and students involved in DECA and ultimately have them all at SCDC. He believes every high school student should experience the great things DECA offers its members.
Vilayphone (Vee-lie-pon) “Katie” Siharath, a senior at Phoenix High School, is honored to serve as the 2010-2011 District III Vice President. She enjoys speaking publically, debating, and hanging out with friends and family. Often, she goes by "Katie" (her middle name) or "V" and encourages members to call her whatever they’d like. She's very outgoing, and loves to meet new people. In her spare time, you can find her playing guitar or out on another adventure.
Katie takes school very seriously, having had a GPA 4.0 since the 6th grade. Her ultimate goal for high school is to graduate as valedictorian. Throughout high school, she has been involved in Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Leadership, Key Club, National Forensics League (Speech and Debate), DECA, and regularly volunteers in the community, whether it be litter cleanup, tutoring, or helping homeless teens.
Katie is in her fourth year of DECA and is very excited to represent District III and to continue to carry the District III torch of excellence. She is also president of her DECA chapter, and has attended both ICDC 2009 and 2010. ICDC 2010 has impacted her life tremendously because of all the wonderful people she met and all they have taught her.