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Henry Gussis is a four-year DECA member and a senior at Niles West high school in Skokie. Throughout his time in DECA, Henry has co-led a community-wide healthy eating awareness campaign, and he is also a DECA officer for his highschool chapter. Because of these leadership experiences, in addition to being president of Niles West Theatre, Henry decided to run to be on the Illinois DECA officer board, striving to be a role model for his high school chapter. He is one of a handful of students from his high school to be an Illinois DECA officer! With his work hard, play hard personality, Henry wants to bring enthusiasm to every aspect of his officer position. For example, Henry vows to start every DECA meeting by announcing the national day! Henry’s biggest goal as an officer is to try to create as much of a virtual community as possible during this strange year. He hopes to accomplish this by updating the Illinois DECA website and by increasing Illinois DECA’s social media presence in order to stay engaged with the DECAmmunity!
Throughout Henry’s DECA career, he has won awards in regional and state competitions as well as in his community. His sophomore year, Henry won 3rd place at regionals for the Hospitality and Tourism Team Decision making event, and he went on to place 4th in this event at state to qualify for nationals. Last year, he won first place in the accounting applications series at regionals, and he was awarded the “You make a difference” award by his high school principal for his work on his community awareness campaign “Eat Smart.” Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Henry was unable to compete with these events at the state level. He has also taken Business & Technology as well as Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting (his favorite financial statement is a balance sheet)! Currently, he is taking Entrepreneurship & Business Strategies.
Throughout Henry’s high school career, he has also involved himself in Niles West Theatre, Thespian Honors Society, National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, and Israeli club. His theatre roles have been very diverse, spanning from Scuttle in “The Little Mermaid” tp Mr. Kraler in “The Diary of Anne Frank” to Lennox in “Macbeth.” Henry hopes to study finance and computer science in college with a minor in Spanish language and culture. In his free time, Henry enjoys drinking cold brew coffee, listening to Lady Gaga and Lana del Rey, watching HBO shows, and beating his friends at board games! Let’s level up!!