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Jackie Lasselle is a four-year DECA member from Elmwood Park High School. The moment Jackie stepped into her first DECA meeting, she knew she had found her home. DECA has given Jackie the ability to lead; from joining her chapter executive board as a sophomore as Vice President of Philanthropy, then President of Elmwood Park DECA her junior year, and now your Illinois State Officer.
Jackie has competed in multiple written events from Learn and Earn, Professional Selling, and Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan. Last year at ILCDC, she was a finalist in all three of her events: Retail Merchandising, Learn and Earn, and Professional Selling. She has also had the opportunity to travel to ICDC the last two years in Atlanta, Georgia, and Orlando, Florida for both the Elevate and Empower Emerging Leaders Series and she hopes to bring those leadership traits she gained to Illinois DECA this year.
One of her favorite opportunities from DECA is networking, which is why naturally she loves Illinois DECA’s Iconnect Program. She has been a representative for her chapter for the last two years now and has led her chapter to the gold level both years.
Outside of DECA Jackie plays an active role in her school community, she is apart of multiple extracurriculars from being an Event Coordinator for student council, snowball, yearbook, NHS, class council, and still maintaining an active board member of her local DECA chapter. Additionally, Jackie’s work experience has really shaped her high school career; as a two-year sales associate at GAP Factory, Jackie has developed a leadership role at her work and has been able to take the abilities DECA has taught to her and apply them during her work experience.
While Jackie has some off time, she tends to spend most of her time with her friends, who ironically she has met along the way during her DECA experience. She is super excited to begin her journey as a State Officer this year for Illinois DECA and she can’t wait to meet as many members as possible! Jackie hopes you’re ready for it Illinois DECA because Here We Go!