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Kathleen Nie

Anna Shah - President

Yosra Abdulwahid

Tanya Iyer

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Kathleen Nie is a senior at Naperville North High School, and she is more than happy to serve you as a part of the Illinois DECA State Team. Being a 4th year member, Kathleen’s passion for DECA has only grown with time. Since freshman year, Kathleen has been exploring her business interest, joining the NNHS DECA board her sophomore year. Through this leadership role, she discovered her passion towards community service and consequently became the VP of Fundraising the following year. During this time, Kathleen initiated multiple service events, which donated 3K to the Swifty Foundation across the span of two years. She also spearheaded iConnect, earning her chapter the Gold Status, and engaged members in new competition preparation methods to maximize their potential at IL CDC.

Kathleen is extremely grateful for the opportunities DECA presents and has participated in multiple virtual, written, and role play events. Upon qualifying for IL CDC all three years and attending ICDC in Atlanta, she has realized the life-changing framework DECA presents. The organization has given her memories, friends, and experiences she will treasure long after her high school career. While Kathleen believes creativity and perseverance are essential elements of success, interest continues to act as her underlying motivator in everything she does.

Outside of DECA, Kathleen serves as the captain of NNHS’ Varsity Badminton and has been a state athlete for two years. She is extremely proud to represent NNHS’ state runner-up team. Kathleen has additionally co-founded the non-profit art program, Artra which was recognized by Naperville District 203’s Mission Maker Award, and hopes to continue her artistic interests. Kathleen has also served as the VP of her school’s National Art Honor Society and has been an international competitor in Future Problem Solvers.

In her free time, she enjoys watching “The Office” and “Westworld” as a coping mechanism to battle the painful aftermath of “Infinity War”. She is additionally re-watching Game of Thrones in preparation for the long anticipated winter. This year, Kathleen hopes to connect with all of Illinois DECA and to make it the most memorable DECA experience thus far. She’s excited to create new memories and is more than #readyforit.

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Kathleen Nie