2018-2019 State Officers

Nikhil Namburi 
Blanchet Catholic School
State President

Attending Blanchet Catholic School in Salem, Nikhil Namburi is honored to serve as the Oregon DECA State President during his senior year of high school. Nikhil joined Blanchet's DECA chapter during his freshman year, enticed by the prospect of competing in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing events. In his freshman year, he qualified for ICDC in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series Event, placing 6th overall at the international competition. Inspired by this early achievement, Nikhil joined Blanchet's leadership team, serving as the Head of Recruiting during his sophomore year and the chapter's Vice President during his junior year. During that time, Nikhil triple-qualified for ICDC in both his sophomore and junior year, competing in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making and Series events, respectively.

In addition to DECA, Nikhil actively participates in Student Council, Science Olympiad, Friends of Benedictine, Speech and Debate and Leadership Youth of Salem. He has also played for Blanchet's basketball program and its Varsity golf team since his freshman year. Nikhil is most proud of his work for Students for Change, an independently-run student-based community service club that engages in pressing issues of the community. Nikhil hopes to major in computer science and pursue a career in Artificial Intelligence Research & Development but is open to exploring other career paths.

Nikhil truly appreciates the transformative power of DECA on student experiences. "Regardless of your experience or knowledge entering the organization, DECA allows for a student to develop skills that are integral to professional environments."

Maya Bedge
Westview High School
Vice President of Public Relations

Maya Bedge is a senior at Westview High School and is ecstatic to serve the Oregon DECA community as this year's Vice President of Public Relations. Having been involved with DECA for the past three years, Maya fell in love with the competition and unique network of students involved in this organization. In 2017, she was a double qualifier to ICDC and placed in the top ten in her event in Anaheim. In 2018, she qualified to ICDC in Atlanta for HLM. While still undecided about her college plans, Maya would like to pursue a double major in economics and engineering, with a minor in harp performance. Eventually, she plans to run for public office or work at the United Nations to serve her country and make tangible changes to progress towards a more equitable society. 

"DECA provides incredible opportunities to Oregon high school students to network and refine their business skills. If you have the chance to compete and participate in DECA, dive in head first and commit entirely to every role-play, written event, and test."

Kit Lance 
South Medford High School
Vice President of Communications

Serving as Vice President of Communications as an incoming junior at South Medford High, located in southern Oregon, Kit Lance is looking forward to representing Oregon DECA as a state officer for the 2018-2019 term. Kit has been a part of the organization for two years now and has had the privilege to experience many of the events that DECA has to offer and meet a myriad of its brilliant members. Before her time as an officer, she served as her chapter's Vice President of Career Development for the duration of her sophomore year.

Alongside DECA, Kit is involved in many sports and other extracurriculars. She is the Vice President and Social Media manager of South Medford's SkillsUSA chapter and an intern leader for a local science museum where she helps run camps for 1st-5th graders. Kit is also an active member of the National Honors Society. For sports, she is on varsity for swim team, track and field, water polo (which she is team captain of), and does boxing outside of school. She is looking towards attending a four year university and plans to major in pre-medical in order to eventually become a surgeon. For Kit, DECA has been and continues to be an incredible resource for meeting people, gaining powerful leadership skills, and expanding her professional view. She wants all students to be aware of and have access to this invaluable organization and is therefore honored to represent it through her position in state office.

Sehajvir Singh 
Westview High School
District I Vice President

Sehajvir Singh, an incoming senior at Westview High School, is excited to be serving as the District 1 VP for Oregon DECA. The coming year will be Sehaj third year as a DECA member. For both of the years Sehaj has been in DECA, he has qualified for ICDC in Anaheim and Atlanta. He had finaled at ICDC in 2017 for PHT, and is looking forward to competing at ICDC 2018 in Atlanta in QSRM.

Alongside DECA, Sehaj participates in a numerous amount of other extracurriculars. Currently, he serves as a leader in his Boy Scout troop and is the President of the HOSA club that is set up in his Health Careers class. Sehaj has been participating in MUN since freshman year, and plays tennis for Westview High School. Sehaj also gives back to his community by mentoring 5th grade students at the Oregon Health and Science University Primate Center, teaching the kids about various fields of science. This summer, Sehaj is also going to intern at OHSU on a research project with a mentor.

In the future, Sehaj looks to pursue medicine and hopefully obtain a MD. If that doesn't go as planned, he looks to minor in business and work on his MBA in business school. Sehaj is highly interested in orthopedics and sports medicine.

DECA, to Sehaj, has really been an eye opening experience where he got to meet many new people and learn more about different fields of marketing. He hopes that the organization can do the same more many other members, and encourages them to take the leap and try it out!

Theo Lassen 
Sprague High School
District II Vice President

Theo Lassen is a senior at Sprague High School and is honored to be serving as Oregon's District 2 Vice President. Theo joined DECA as a freshman and competed at SCDC for the first time as a sophomore, where he got second in Hotel Lodging and Management Series. After competing at ICDC in Anaheim, California, Theo decided to run for state office to work toward engaging DECA members across the state.

In addition to DECA, Theo also actively participates in Sprague's Environmental club, Spanish Club, Film Club, Youth and Government, and Spanish National Honors Society. He also participates on the varsity water polo, swimming, and tennis team. He hopes to attend New York University and double major in political science and business, and further his education by receiving his MBA and JD.

DECA has helped empower Theo's life in phenomenal ways. Already self starter and motivated student, DECA has increased his confidence and motivated him to actively participate in the community. His decision to become a state officer was primarily driven by his desire to share the many benefits of DECA with students looking to learn new skills and gain self-empowerment.. Theo is excited to work with Chapters across District 2 and the state to empower students and motivate them to participate in this exciting program.

Philip Cary 
North Medford High School
District III Vice President

Philip Cary is the 2018-2019 District 3 Vice President from North Medford High School. Philip also serves as the North Medford High School DECA President.

Philip has been in love with Oregon DECA since his freshman year, going to every conference and competition. His mom had been telling him about her experiences in DECA when she was in high school, and Philip is so grateful as she is the reason he originally joined. However the reasons he stayed were thanks to the experiences he was able to have thanks to this organization. The friends he has made are ones he couldn't imagine life without. The things Philip has learned from the people within Oregon DECA have helped shape him into the person he is today.

It is with this position that Philip hopes to allow others to have similar experiences where they can look back and break a smile. He hope to utilize the skills he has and continue to learn in the world outside of high school. He is currently looking for a 4 year university to earn a degree in Business with a minor in both Economics and Spanish. His dream job is either to one day run the Marketing department of a major company, or to eventually open up his own advertising firm.

His dreams may continue to change; nevertheless wherever HE go or wherever HE may do, the skill set HE have gained from being a member of DECA will follow and assist me to adapt in this ever evolving world we live in.