Kentucky DECA

Preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing,
finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Left to right:  Aiden Corder, VP Membership (Somerset); Brooklyn Williams, President (Graves County); Riley Thompson, VP Public Relations (Trigg County)

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How Has DECA Made a Difference?
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DECA's influence on Ashton Little began when she was a freshman in high school.  She states, "I was an extremely shy freshman and the thought of running for office was nothing I ever considered.  My advisor (Debbie Harris, Somerset High School) and friend convinced me and somehow, I stood in front of my region and gave that speech.  To my surprise, I received the office, and I can honestly say my life was never the same."  She credits Regional Coordinator James Rollins with encouraging her to step out of her comfort zone, meeting people and speaking to those with whom she was not familiar.  Her experiences that she realized through DECA helped her meet her best friends and changed her career path.  She says further, "I am thankful to this organization and the people within it for giving me the opportunity to find the things I love the most." Her advice to current DECA members is to not be afraid to step out of their comfort zone and give 110% to this organization.  She states, "You will only get out what you put in.  You are getting more out of the process of being involved in DECA than you know and the connections, skills, and networks you make will carry you for a lifetime."  Ashton was a Kentucky DECA member from 2015-2019 and stays involved as an Intern and Judge. She is currently enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University where she is majoring in English and Marketing with the goal of becoming a high school teacher and DECA Advisor or Professional Member. 

Dates to Remember

October 11, 2022 – Region 4/5 Fall Workshop @ EKU, Richmond

October 19, 2022 – Region 1 Fall Workshop @ MSU, Murray

October 26, 2022 – Region 2/3 Fall Workshop @ WKU, Bowling Green (tentative)

November 11-13, 2022 - The Ultimate DECA Power Trip @ Arlington, VA

November 16-20, 2022 - New York Experience Week 1 @ New York, NY

November 30 - December 4, 2022 - New York Experience Week 2 @ New York, NY

December 9-11, 2022 – Central Region Leadership Conference @ Milwaukee

January 10, 2023 - Regional registration and project upload deadline

January 25, 2023 – Region 1 Conference @ MSU, Murray

January 27, 2023 – Region 4/5 Conference @ EKU, Richmond

February 1, 2023 - Region 1 Revised projects due for SCDC

February 1, 2023 – Region 2/3 Conference @ WKU, Bowling Green (tentative)

February 3, 2023 - Region 4/5 Revised projects due for SCDC

February 3, 2023 - SCDC Registration deadline

February 3, 2023 - 2023-2024 State Officer Applications due

February 8, 2023 - Region 2/3 Revised projects due for SCDC

March 5-7, 2023 – Kentucky DECA SCDC @ Louisville

April 22-25, 2023 – DECA ICDC @ Orlando

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About Kentucky DECA

DECA is a unique organization that develops skills needed to succeed in the Business and Marketing field. Skills in areas such as advertising, promotion, selling, finance, and distribution are emphasized.  Management and entrepreneurial concepts involving creative problem solving, effective leadership through goal setting, consensus building, project implementation, and many others are also included to help students succeed in a Marketing or Business career. DECA helps a student focus on and apply classroom learning to specific  careers in fields such as Business Administration, Fashion, Sports and Entertainment, Retailing, Finance, Hospitality,  Travel/Tourism, and many more.



Your 2022-2023 State Leadership Team

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Kentucky State Advisor

Lisa Oakes is Kentucky DECA's State Advisor.  She attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, later transferring to Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville where she received her BS in Business Education.  She received her MA Ed in Business Education from Eastern Kentucky University.  She has been involved in education in a variety of venues including:  

*Business and Marketing Teacher - George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester, KY

*Vocational Computer Teacher - Saguaro Correctional Complex, Eloy, AZ

*Director of Education - Anthem College, Las Vegas, NV

*Adjunct Instructor - ITT Tech and Eastern Kentucky University

She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family (especially her grandchildren). 



Brooklyn is a Senior at Graves County High School where she is a member of the varsity Tennis team, FEA, FBLA, and Pep Club.  She is an alumni of the Governor's Schools for Entrepreneurs and the Hugh O'Bryan Youth Leadership program.  In the future, she plans to attend Murray State University and major in Business Education.  She is excited to travel around the state and meet other passionate Kentucky DECA members!


Vice President of Public Relations

Riley is a Senior at Trigg County High School where he participates in Baseball, Cross Country, and Track.  He is also a member of BETA, Black Hole Club, Teen Court, KYA and TSA/STLP.  Upon graduation, he plans on attending University of Kentucky and major in Management.  His goals for Kentucky DECA include sending as many individuals to ICDC as possible and further information everyone on the importance of the DECA mission statement.


Vice President of Membership

Aiden is a Senior at Somerset High School in Pulaski County where he is a member of the Tennis team, Solar Car team, and National Honor Society.  He is a proud alumni of the Governor's Scholar Program and plans on attending Murray State University when he graduates.  Having been a member of DECA since his Freshman year, Aiden looks forward to finishing his DECA high school career strong and meet his goal of increased membership for Kentucky DECA.  His wish is that all members have positive DECA experiences as he has had.  


Contact Us

300 Sower Blvd. – 5th floor, 5 SW 04

Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 564-4286, ext. 4269

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