2013-2014 State Officer Biographies
Austin Damron is a junior at Springfield High School as well as the Oregon DECA State President for 2013-2014. After his first year in DECA as a sophomore, witnessing how amazing DECA is at the International Conference in Salt Lake, he knew he had to play a bigger part in the organization, and help contribute to its mission of preparing the world’s next group of leaders. Austin decided to run for State Office, and successfully reached his goal of becoming the Oregon DECA State President. Austin is a strong competitor in his events, placing top 3 both years at state as well as earning many medals for his role plays.
When Austin isn’t busy doing homework, or working to enhance Oregon DECA, he loves to spend time with family and friends, or learn new things. Outside of school and DECA Austin is very involved with leadership, student council, and his schools Children’s Miracle Network Pageant. He enjoys working with people, and accomplishing larger than life projects. Austin looks forward to seeing how much Oregon DECA and his team of officers can accomplish during their year in office!
Your 2013-2014 Secretary/Treasurer, Kaleb Vickstrom is a Junior at Century High School. This is Kaleb's third year as a member of DECA and will be his second year attending ICDC. While in DECA Kaleb has received an eighth place ranking in principles of marketing and a second place ranking in Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making. When asked about what he wants for the future of Oregon DECA Kaleb responded, "Oregon DECA is and has been on a good path for a long time now. However, something I want to see in the next year is a significant spike in our membership count. Though we have over thirteen hundred members already, I believe that there are still hundreds of potential members out there that don't realize what all of the amazing things that DECA can do for them." When it comes to college, Kaleb plans on attending Oregon State University in Corvallis. While in college he plans on majoring in Accounting while earning a minor in the Oregon State Entrepreneurship program. Kaleb hopes to maintain a 3.8 or higher GPA throughout high school and graduate with an honors diploma. Kaleb believes that, "There is a business side to every profession, and even if you don't plan on working in business DECA can be extremely beneficial by extending your professional knowledge and teaching you a lot along the way."
Kayla Daggett is Oregon DECA’s Publicity Director and she is a Junior from Cascade High School. She has been in DECA since she was a freshman for a grand total of three years in the organization and has loved every minute of it. Kayla was a chapter officer for two years before she ran for State Office.
Kayla plans to attend Linn Benton for two years after she graduates and then attend Concordia to study marketing. After college, Kayla aspires to work for Nike in the publicity department and work with all her favorite athletes including her basketball heroes, Lebron James and Michael Jordan.
“From day one DECA has changed my life in more ways than I could have imagined and it has formed me into the leader that I am today” says Daggett. Kayla’s interests outside of DECA include singing in her school’s choir, playing sports, watching Disney movies, as well as a champion Just Dance player.
Bailey Boaz, your District Two Vice President, is a sophomore at Cascade High School. As a DECA member, Bailey has placed in the Top 8 in his first year of DECA in the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism event. Bailey qualified to attend the 2012 International Career Development Conference in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism, and got the Award of Excellence for meeting all levels of criteria during the competition. Bailey will be attending the 2013 International Career Development Conference in the Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making Event, as well as LEADS. Bailey aspires to attend Harvard, the University of Oregon or Michigan State University. Bailey hopes to get his Law Degree so as to become a Lawyer, and eventually a Politician. Bailey says, “If you are unsure of whether or not you want to be a member, just do it, because DECA will change your life.”
Janelle Bond is a sophomore at North Medford High School, where she currently maintains a 4.0 G.P.A, plays on the volleyball team, and is an Advanced Marketing student. She has been a DECA member for two years and in that time she has attended several District Skills competitions, OLI, traveled to Nike Headquarters, and visited the Rose Garden to speak with the marketing staff of the Portland Trailblazers. She was also a qualifier for ICDC 2012 in Salt Lake City, and a double qualifier for ICDC 2013 in Anaheim, California. Additionally she was named “Kiwanis Marketing Student of the Year”. All of these being memorable experiences that have only expanded her love for DECA.
Besides DECA, volunteering, academics and sports, another important aspect of Janelle’s life are her family and friends. She has a twin brother, Garrett, who she describes as “her other half”, and spends every Sunday night going out to family dinner. Whoever she’s with her main focus is putting a smile on everyone’s faces! Janelle’s also known for her sense of humor, outgoing personality, and impromptu raps. She says, “DECA has had a huge impact on my career choices and thoughts for the future! The organization has really opened my eyes to endless opportunities!” She’s excited to get work as your District Three Vice President, and to meet all of you and be a part of your DECA experience!