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Kathleen Nie

Anna Shah - President

Yosra Abdulwahid

Tanya Iyer

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Yosra Abdulwahid, a four-year DECA member from Oak Forest High School feels that it is a privilege to be able to serve DECA members as the Vice President of Public Relations. Yosra is a firm believer that through effort, consistency, and dedication, anything can be accomplished! As the president of her chapter, Yosra has nearly tripled club membership in less than three years. Ever since starting DECA, Yosra has participated in the Business Law and Personal Financial Literacy role play events. She has an uncanny love for written events and has placed top ten at ILCDC each year in the business operations research event, community service, and startup business plan. Initially enticed in joining DECA because of the opportunities to meet new people, Yosra now says that her favorite part of DECA is the satisfaction that she gets after completing 30 page written events.
    Yosra is incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to give back to the organization that has changed her life in countless ways. Over the past four years, through role plays, written events, and career/mentorship opportunities, Yosra feels that she has gained valuable real-world skills that she would not have learned outside of DECA. Through DECA, Yosra discovered her passion for economics and business law. While in college next year, Yosra intends to major in economics with a concentration in pre-law studies. After college, Yosra plans to go to law school for her Juris Doctor in hopes of becoming a corporate attorney. Because Yosra feels incredibly blessed to have discovered her academic and professional passions through DECA, one of her primary goals for the 2018-2019 year is to ensure that every single DECA member exits this year inspired to cultivate new skills and experiences by finding an event that is uniquely tailored to his or her interests and talents.
    One thing that not many people know about Yosra is that she has always wanted to become an entrepreneur. Last year, Yosra and her chapter’s officer team came to the realization that their chapter needed to find a more effective way to make money outside of continuous fundraising. That was when an idea in Yosra's mind “clicked”. For the past year, Yosra, her chapter officer team, and her advisor have dedicated countless hours to planning the logistics in order to start a coffee business at her school. Today, the “Bengal Bean” is a successful and highly profitable school-based enterprise.
    At school, Yosra’s involvement outside of DECA ranges from being senior-class president, editor-in-chief of her school’s newspaper, and being a peer tutor/mentor. She also has the pleasure of serving as the President of Events for a local Oak Forest nonprofit, Get up and Help.
    Outside of the classroom, Yosra can almost always be found working out at the gym with her sister, Sarah. She is currently training for a competitive lifting competition in February and is also studying for her personal training certification. In her free time, Yosra works on starting her own personal training business. Whenever she gets the chance, she enjoys shopping with her mom, going out to breakfast with her dad, and taking her seven-year-old sister, Miranda to the park.     
Yosra has plans to increase legislative awareness about DECA by connecting with Illinois senators and congressmen in Springfield. She also plans to increase member participation statewide by helping each member feel connected and committed to doing just a little bit more at a time for their chapters. Ultimately, Yosra feels that together, as an entire state, we can make this DECA year the best one yet. Are You Ready For It?

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Yosra Abdulwahid